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Clearview AI Faces French Watchdog Ultimatum Over Web Scraping

Dec. 16, 2021, 8:56 AM

French privacy regulator CNIL ordered Clearview AI to stop using photos it scans from the Internet for its facial-recognition database and delete all such data, giving it two months to comply.

The investigations carried out by the CNIL showed two breaches of European privacy rules:

  • unlawful processing of personal data because their collection and use of biometric data takes place without a legal basis
  • the lack of adequate and effective consideration of the rights of individuals, in particular requests for access to their data

Read more: AI Firm That Scraped Billions of Faces Sparks European Backlash and

Clearview AI Risks $23 Million Fine for Snooping on Brits

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