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Clearview AI Fined $9 Million by UK Watchdog Over Privacy Issues

May 23, 2022, 5:11 PM

Clearview AI Inc. was fined more than £7.5 million ($9.4 million) by the UK’s data protection watchdog for collecting images from British people without their knowledge to build a global facial recognition database.

The Information Commissioner’s Office also ordered Clearview to delete existing data and stop gathering new data on UK residents.

The enforcement action comes after a joint probe with with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, which likewise ordered the company to delete data on Australians.

Privacy regulators in Canada and elsewhere in Europe also have scrutinized Clearview for scraping billions of images from social media and ...