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Where Worldcoin Stored The Data Collected From Kenya.

Where did Worldcoin store the data it collected from Kenyans? The National Assembly Ad Hoc Committee of Inquiry into the Worldcoin project has received information indicating that Kenyans make up a significant portion, accounting for 25%, of the Cryptocurrency firm’s clientele.

Approximately 350 thousand Kenyans successfully registered for Worldcoin within just under a week, constituting a quarter of the total Worldcoin customer base.

Head of Cyber Security Standards and Policy at the National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee, David Njoka, briefed the committee members about Worldcoin’s trajectory.

He stated that Worldcoin initially presented itself as a research institution before expanding its data collection and processing endeavors.

Njoka expressed concerns over the rapid adoption rate of Worldcoin and other cryptocurrencies within the country. He emphasized the urgency of finding a solution, noting that the enrollment of 350 thousand Kenyans in a span of one week was remarkably high.

Njoka contradicted the earlier claim made by government officials, indicating that the data collected from Kenyan citizens remained within the country and was secure. He disclosed that the data was, in fact stored on servers located in the United States.

“Through our interviews, they confirmed the transfer of data to Amazon servers located in the US. While they assured us of data security, thorough investigations are necessary to validate this,” Njoka clarified.

However, members of the committee reprimanded both Njoka and his superior, James Kimuyu, for their perceived failure to fulfill their responsibilities, allowing Worldcoin to operate within the country without proper authorization.

Tetu MP Geoffrey Wandeto voiced his frustration, stressing the need for comprehensive answers to their inquiries, as the committee bore the sole responsibility of providing solutions. He also advocated for amendments to the Cybercrimes Act and the establishment of a more authoritative committee.

Dagoreti South MP John Kiarie questioned Njoka about his role in the registration and operationalization processes of companies like Worldcoin.

Worldcoin’s operations in Kenya were suspended on August 2 due to security concerns.