Clearview AI facial recognition tool broke Canadian privacy laws, watchdogs say


Privacy watchdogs say U.S. firm Clearview AI’s facial-recognition technology resulted in mass surveillance of Canadians and violated federal and provincial laws governing personal information.

In a report Wednesday with three provincial counterparts, federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said the New York-based company’s scraping of billions of images of people from across the internet was a clear violation of Canadians’ privacy rights.

Clearview AI’s technology allows for the collection of huge numbers of images from various sources that can help police forces, financial institutions and other clients identify people.

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