fbpx
How Choosing the Right Printer Helps Small Businesses and Content Creators to Save Time, Maximise Productivity and Achieve GrowthRead more Eritrea: World Breastfeeding WeekRead more Eritrean community festival in Scandinavian countriesRead more IOM: Uptick in Migrants Heading Home as World Rebounds from COVID-19Read more Network International & Infobip to offer WhatsApp for Business Banking Services to Financial Institution Clients across AfricaRead more Ambassador Jacobson Visits Gondar in the Amhara Region to Show Continued U.S. Support for the Humanitarian and Development Needs of EthiopiansRead more Voluntary Repatriation of Refugees from Angola to DR Congo ResumesRead more Senegal and Mauritania Are Rich in Resources, Poor in Infrastructure, Now Is the Time to Change That Read more Madinat Jumeirah: Dubai’s Stunning Four Hotel Beach Resort Offers Unirvalled Benefits for Summer StaycationsRead more Measles: EU Provides €450,000 in Humanitarian Response to Measles Outbreaks in SomaliaRead more

UK fines US AI firm £7.5m over mass image collection

show caption
Clearview AI Inc has trawled the internet and social media platforms to collect more than 20 billion images of people's faces./AFP
Print Friendly and PDF

May 24, 2022 - 03:54 AM

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Britain announced Monday it had fined US facial recognition company Clearview AI Inc more than £7.5 million ($9.4 million, 8.8 million euros) for amassing online images of people without their knowledge.

The UK’s data watchdog also ordered the company to stop obtaining personal data of UK residents available on the internet and to delete the data of UK residents from its systems.

The action by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) follows a joint investigation with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Clearview AI Inc has a database of more than 20 billion images of people’s faces culled from the internet and social media platforms without telling people how their information was being collected.

The company’s customers — including the police — can then upload an image of a person to an app, which checks its database for a match.

“Clearview AI Inc has collected multiple images of people all over the world, including in the UK, from a variety of websites and social media platforms, creating a database with more than 20 billion images,” said UK Information Commissioner John Edwards.

“The company not only enables identification of those people, but effectively monitors their behaviour and offers it as a commercial service. That is unacceptable.”

The ICO found that Clearview AI Inc breached UK data protection laws by failing to use the information of people in Britain in a “fair and transparent” way and for failing to prevent the data being retained indefinitely.

Earlier this month Clearview AI agreed to limit access to its controversial facial recognition database in the United States, settling a lawsuit filed by privacy advocates, according to a court filing.

LMBCBUSINESS.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.