The Worldcoin cryptocurrency project, led by Sam Altman, the brains behind ChatGPT, is facing increased scrutiny from regulators worldwide. The project’s use of eye-ball scanning orbs for user enrollment has raised concerns about potential violations of data protection laws.
The unique method of collecting biometric data without clear consent has prompted discussions on legality and ethics. Regulatory bodies are closely examining the project’s compliance with privacy regulations, highlighting the challenges of balancing innovation with legal and ethical standards.
The value of biometric investments made through Worldcoin’s crypto-based “free money” promise has decreased by half since its launch. This decline can be attributed to the growing concerns about the project’s data collection and the unease it caused regulators.
Based on information provided by CoinMarketCap, the current trading value of the WLD token stands at $1.28, at the time of writing. This figure signifies a substantial decline of 53% from its initial peak price of $2.71 on the day of the project’s launch.
The day after WLD’s Binance listing, on July 25, it traded for $2.456. As of Friday morning, the token’s price had decreased from that time to $1.317. Given that several altcoins and cryptocurrencies recently had market crashes followed by recoveries within a few weeks, this is a big decrease for a token.
WLDUSDT trading at $1.286 on the weekend chart: TradingView.com
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According to data from CoinGecko, the price of WLD has decreased from slightly under $2.50 at the start of August to roughly $1.31 as of August 25. That represents a 44% decline in the previous 30 days, and if it keeps going in the wrong direction, WLD’s price will go to single digits in the next 30 days.
Ongoing investigations by authorities in various countries around the world have dealt a heavy blow to the price of the WLD token. The project’s goal of establishing decentralized user identities has raised alarm bells because of its eye-ball scanning and biometric data collection. This process potentially breaches national data protection laws, leading to investigations in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.
Worldcoin reported 2 million sign-ups for World ID and distributed 43 WLD tokens during its launch. Altman promoted iris scanning, but the initial excitement waned. Early scanners received 25 WLD valued at $60, now reduced to around $30. Early investors could have lost half their investment, while short sellers profited from Worldcoin’s decline.
Meanwhile, in the last 30 days, WLD’s social volume and social dominance have decreased by a whopping 95% and 74%, respectively, according to on-chain data source Santiment. This denotes a sharp decline in the project’s hype.
Worldcoin’s original white paper outlined its aspiration to participate in global competition, provide funds to those without financial resources, and offer banking services to those currently without access to traditional banking systems.
It appears that ambition will demand more than mere lip service at this point.
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