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.