Edward Snowden Slams Sam Altman's Worldcoin: 'Don't Catalogue Eyeballs'
Privacy advocate Edward Snowden blasted the project on Twitter. As issues with cyber safety and data leaks spread, a much-hyped new crypto project from Y Combinator founder Sam Altman aims to mitigate scams and breaches caused by bots and bad actors by scanning your eyeballs and awarding you crypto. Privacy advocate Edward Snowden, the man famous for leaking government documents, has a lot of issues with the concept. Snowden took to Twitter to air his issues with Worldcoin: the use of the human body for crypto. "This looks like it produces a global database of people's iris scans, and waves away the implications by saying we deleted the scans!'" Snowden tweeted. Worldcoin says the original image of each user's eyes "Will not need to be stored or uploaded." But Snowden points out, "You save the hashes produced by the scans. Hashes that match future scans. Don't catalogue eyeballs." Worldcoin will have to hope the promise of free crypto is enough to dissuade those concerns.