Altman’s Worldcoin refines age verification and enhances security

  • Worldcoin, under the leadership of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, is enhancing its features to strengthen personal data protection and refine age verification processes.
  • Worldcoin’s recent announcements introduced two significant updates: the capability to permanently delete iris codes from World IDs and the implementation of in-person age verification checks, aimed at enhancing security and compliance measures.
  • World ID holders now have the option to revoke their verification status, with the deletion of iris, bolstering security and preventing potential fraud.

Worldcoin, developed by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, is enhancing its features to bolster personal data protection and refine age verification processes.

Updates from Worldcoin

Worldcoin made two updates yesterday, unveiling the permanent removal of iris codes from World IDs and introducing in-person age verification checks.

World ID holders have the option to revoke their verification status. The World ID acts as a digital passport, verifying a person’s humanity through the use of “orbs,” which are devices that scan users’ eyeballs to confirm that they are real humans.

Also read: Sam Altman’s Worldcoin ordered to cease data collection in Spain

The unverification process for the World ID entails permanently deleting the user’s iris code. This ensures that each individual can only be associated with one World ID.

The person’s World ID will expire once deletion is requested. The process will necessitate a six-month “cool-off” period in order to prevent fraud by making sure that people cannot instantly re-verify their humanity.

The second enhancement, Worldcoin’s in-person age verification checks, aims to restrict platform access to individuals aged 18 and above, ensuring compliance with age restrictions.

Also read: Worldcoin: Innovating global finance or invading personal privacy?

Worldcoin faces scrutiny

Altman, the inventor of OpenAI, established Worldcoin to deliver a “global financial and identity network based on proof of personhood” in July 2023.

Worldcoin drew scrutiny from certain governments regarding its security and privacy measures. Worldcoin’s European Union overseer, Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision (BayLDA), initiated an investigation into the platform over privacy apprehensions one month before its official launch.

In March 2024, Worldcoin announced its compliance with all applicable laws in the regions where it operates, affirming its adherence to regulatory requirements.


Sylvia Shen

Sylvia Shen is an editorial assistant at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Fintech and Blockchain. She graduated from the University of California, Davis. Send tips to

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