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OAIC and UK’s ICO open joint investigation into Clearview AI Inc.

10 July 2020: The Daily Research News Online site, MrWeb, reports, that…”The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have opened a joint investigation into Clearview AI, whose surveillance activities have been described as a ‘threat to privacy, safety, and security’.

For several years, New York-based Clearview has been amassing a database of more than three billion ‘faceprints’ – unique biometric identifiers akin to a fingerprint or DNA profile – drawn from personal photos on users’ social media accounts and elsewhere online. Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) began legal proceedings against Clearview AI, claiming that the company captured these faceprints in secret, without individuals’ knowledge or consent, using everything from selfies to photos of birthday parties, college graduations and weddings”.

For the full article go to MrWeb

Website: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

 

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