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ICO Fines American Company for Illegally Using UK Residents’ Data for Facial Recognition and Monitoring Their Behaviour

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Clearview AI, an American facial recognition company, illegally collected images of UK residents from social media and the web to create a global online database that could be used for facial recognition. 

The UK’s privacy watchdog has fined Clearview £7.55 million for their illegal activities and ordered Clearview to stop obtaining and using the personal data of UK residents which is publicly available on the internet and to delete the data of UK residents from its systems.


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Clearview AI sells an app that can be used to upload a photo, and then attempts to identify them by checking its database. As reported by Engadget, the data has been used by thousands of public law enforcement agencies, despite the technology being in a legal grey area.

“The company not only enables identification of those people but effectively monitors their behaviour and offers it as a commercial service. That is unacceptable,” said UK Information Commissioner John Edwards in a statement.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) opened a joint investigation with Australia into Clearview in 2020 and issued a preliminary fine of £17 million late last year. At the time, the office noted: “Clearview AI Inc’s database is likely to include the data of a substantial number of people from the UK and may have been gathered without people’s knowledge from publicly available information online, including social media platforms.”

Announcing the fine of £7,55 million on 23 May 2022, the ICO stated:

“Clearview AI Inc has collected more than 20 billion images of people’s faces and data from publicly available information on the internet and social media platforms all over the world to create an online database. People were not informed that their images were being collected or used in this way.

“Although Clearview AI no longer offers its services to UK organisations, the company has customers in other countries, so the company is still using personal data of UK residents.”

ICO fines facial recognition database company Clearview AI Inc more than £7.5m and orders UK data to be deleted, 23 May 2022

In March 2022 Clearview was fined EUR20 million by the Italian privacy regulator, Garante per la Protezione dei dati Personali, in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and was required to delete all Italian records from its database.

“The findings revealed that the personal data held by the company, including biometric and geolocation data, are processed illegally, without an adequate legal basis, which certainly cannot be the legitimate interest of the American company,” the Italian regulator said.  “Clearview AI’s activity, therefore, violates the freedoms of the data subjects, including the protection of confidentiality and the right not to be discriminated against.”

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Tonia
Tonia
3 months ago

Our judicial system in Australia is so corrupt, you’d have a better chance suing Teflon.

Yasil Goldstein
Yasil Goldstein
Reply to  Tonia
3 months ago

You gentiles really need to learn your place. Australia, like the uk, is the property of the chosen ones. If you don’t like it then you can leave. You’re even more annoying than the palestinians. We don’t need you any more because we’re importing africans to take your place in the workhouses, and they’ll need your houses. We’ve even built you countless suicide boxes to spend what time you have left in, and you still complain. Be thankful that we continue to feed you through our companies and allow you power through our power stations. Please don’t insult me if you choose to reply to this message, because that would be antisemitic, which is against our laws.

Munnster
Munnster
3 months ago

Forget the fine, throw the executives in jail!

Commenter
Commenter
3 months ago

Reading this story all I could think about was the determined support of many Brits for US politics (whatever useless side) and foreign policy. I see it all the time. But they never really oppose the Americans do they?

A Citizen
A Citizen
Reply to  Commenter
3 months ago

The british have been licking american a_se ever since the end of ww2. They’ll always tell you they don’t, yet they eat their food, watch their tv and movies, wear their clothes, and listen to their music. Mostly because britain has zero culture of its own. It’s a multicultural greed filled hell hole not seen anywhere else on earth.

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Norton8
3 months ago

The Goyim’s snail mail will be tracked with barcode in the ZOG. UK as from Jan .2023