Kenyan parliament forms committee to investigate controversial Worldcoin project

Worldcoin's launch has been met with controversy and is currently under investigation in five major countries.

Kenyan parliament forms committee to investigate controversial Worldcoin project
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The Worldcoin project has been mired in controversy, and the latest update is no different.

The Kenya parliament has launched an investigation into the controversial decentralized digital identity project, weeks after the government suspended the company’s operation. 

The details 

  • According to a report in The Star, the parliament has set up a 15-member committee to investigate the activities of Worldcoin.
  • The committee, chaired by Member of Parliament Gabriel Tongoyo of Narok West, has 42 days to complete the investigation. 
  • The parliament summoned Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure and his ICT counterpart, Eliud Owalo, to clarify their contradictory statements on the Worldcoin project.  
  • While Owalo maintains that Worldcoin remains compliant with laws, Kithure opted to suspend Worldcoin’s activities. 
  • Kithure mentioned that agencies are conducting inquiries and investigations to determine the authenticity and legality of Worldcoin.  

Key quote 

  • Moses Wetangula, the National Assembly Speaker, said: 
“In view of the foregoing, the cabinet secretaries that were scheduled to appear tomorrow before this house will instead appear tomorrow before the committee to provide information on the matter.” 

The controversies 

  • According to Owalo, the government has been aware of Worldcoin since April and did not violate any existing Kenyan laws. 
  • Kithure, on the other hand, suspended Worldcoin due to concerns about security and privacy issues that need to be investigated and resolved. He said he believes that a breach of the Data Protection Act and a violation of the privacy of Kenyans might have occurred. 
  • Owalo mentioned during his first appearance in parliament that the government has implemented strategies to ensure safe data management. 

Key background 


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