NEWS10 July 2020

UK and Australian data authorities to investigate facial recognition firm

Asia Pacific News Privacy Technology UK

UK – The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has partnered with the Australian data protection body to investigate facial recognition tech company Clearview AI.

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The authorities will review how the company handles personal information, with a focus on its use of ‘scraped’ data and biometrics of individuals.

The Clearview tool searches the internet for publicly available photographs and uses facial recognition to identify potential suspects.

The ICO said in a statement: "The investigation highlights the importance of enforcement cooperation in protecting the personal information of Australian and UK citizens in a globalised data environment."

Clearview did not respond immediately to a request for comment.