The Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK’s privacy watchdog, has ordered controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI to destroy all data belonging to UK people (ICO). Clearview was also fined £7.5 million ($9.4 million) by the ICO for failing to comply with UK data privacy regulations.
Clearview’s artificial intelligence has been forced to destroy facial recognition data for UK residents
Clearview claims to have 20 billion photos taken from public sources including Facebook and Instagram in its facial recognition database. It formerly sold its software to a wide range of individuals and businesses, but recently decided to limit its sales in the United States to federal agencies and police departments in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.
Following similar rulings and fines given in Australia, France, and Italy, Clearview has been compelled to remove national data for the fourth time.
In the UK, Clearview AI’s services have been used in the past by law enforcement customers including the Metropolitan Police, Ministry of Defence, and National Crime Agency. ICO says the company “no longer offers its services to UK organisations,” but notes that the data it has scraped from UK residents can still be used by customers in other countries.
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