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Worldcoin and the AEPD in Spain

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World ID is a secure, permissionless identity protocol that empowers millions of individuals to prove their humanness online while preserving their privacy. 

In the age of AI, this has never been more important. The world class teams building Worldcoin are proud to have created one of the most private and secure technologies to ever exist at this scale, providing consumers a powerful tool to control how their data is used and shared. 

Worldcoin operates lawfully in all of the locations in which it is available and under close supervision of the Bavarian data protection authority (BayLDA)—the regulatory body responsible for the oversight of its GDPR compliance in the whole EU (Lead Supervisory Authority).

In accordance with the EU regulations pertaining to GDPR enforcement, Worldcoin contributors have regularly responded to BayLDA requests for months while operating lawfully in Spain and select other countries in Europe. This engagement continues to this day.

“For several months, we have been engaged with BayLDA, who are the lead supervisory authority under the GDPR for Worldcoin Foundation and Tools for Humanity,” Jannick Preiwisch, Data Protection Officer at the Worldcoin Foundation. 

“It is unfortunate that the Spanish data protection authority (AEPD) is circumventing established procedures under GDPR with their actions today, which are limited to Spain and not the broader EU. It is also unfortunate that they are spreading inaccurate and misleading claims about our technology globally after our efforts to provide them with an accurate view of Worldcoin and World ID have gone unanswered for months.”

“We are grateful to now have the opportunity to help the AEPD better understand the important facts regarding this essential and lawful technology."

This circumvention of the accepted EU process and rules is why project contributor Tools for Humanity announced that a suit had been filed against the order from the AEPD. All World ID verification services have been paused in Spain, however World App, the first wallet built for the Worldcoin project, remains available.

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