As the metaverse grows in popularity, a key feature of these virtual worlds will be interoperability, Notarize Data Protection Officer Gary Weingarden, CIPP/A, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, PLS, and Deutsche Bank Senior Counsel Matthias Artzt, CIPP/E, write. “An interoperable metaverse would allow users to transport their avatars and other data … between metaverse applications,” they said. A user's avatar may be pseudonymous — the company operating the metaverse knows the account identity. Despite the pseudonymity, there could still be some kind of authentication requirement before a user logs into the metaverse that would be identifiable. The authors write the metaverse may pose regulatory challenges with users from multiple countries with different data protection regimes.
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