ICO joint investigation into Clearview AI concluded

03/11/2021 | ICO

The ICO and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner have concluded their joint investigation into Clearview AI Inc. The investigation opened in July 2020 looked into the company’s use of images scraped from the internet for its facial recognition technology. The ICO is considering its next step before announcing what formal regulatory action is appropriate. However, the OAIC has released a statement outlining Clearview failed to comply with the Australian Privacy Act 1988 by scraping Australians’ “biometric information from the web and disclosing it through a facial recognition tool.” Clearview AI is ordered to cease collecting facial images and biometric templates from Australians and destroy existing images.  In a related article, The Guardian reveals Clearview AI will appeal the OAIC's order to stop collecting images of Australians. The statement from the ICO comes less than 24 hours since Facebook confirmed that it intends to close down its facial recognition system and delete the faceprints of over 1 billion people. 

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