May 25, 2022

Report: “International Probe Launched into Facial Recognition Firm That Scrapes Images From the Internet”

From CNBC:

Privacy regulators in the U.K. and Australia have announced a joint probe into Clearview AI’s “data scraping” practices.

The New York-headquartered company has built a facial recognition database by taking images from social media platforms and other websites without the consent of the people featured. It is reported that Clearview has “scraped” more than 3 billion images from the internet to build its database, which law enforcement agencies use to try and identify criminals


Clearview pulled out of Canada earlier this week after privacy protection authorities launched an investigation into the firm. As a result, a contract between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Clearview has been terminated.

Canadian authorities said they will continue their investigations into Clearview.

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See Also: Full Text Statement From UK Information Commissioner and Australian  Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

See Also: The world’s Scariest Facial Recognition Company, Explained (via Vox)

See Also: Clearview’s Facial Recognition App Has Been Used By The Justice Department, ICE, Macy’s, Walmart, And The NBA (via BuzzFeed; February 27, 2020)

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