AI Firm That Scraped Billions of Faces Sparks European Backlash

May 27, 2021, 12:02 PM

Clearview AI Inc. was hit by a wave of complaints across Europe for allegedly breaking the region’s tough privacy laws by scraping billions of facial images from social-media profiles and the internet.

In a concerted move on Thursday, campaigners including Privacy International and Noyb filed complaints with data watchdogs in Austria, France, Greece, Italy and the U.K. They urge regulators to declare that Clearview’s practices “have no place in Europe.”

Clearview, which scrapes photos from social media accounts with the goal of helping law enforcement agencies, has come under increased scrutiny in Europe. The U.K. privacy commissioner and its Australian ...

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