Use of facial recognition tool unlawful.

Canada police breached privacy laws with Clearview AI, regulator finds

The Canadian federal police force broke the law when it used controversial facial recognition software, the country's top privacy regulator found in a report released on Thursday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) initially denied that it used Clearview AI, a US-based facial recognition software that cross-references photos with a database of photos posted to social media.

In February 2020, the agency said it had been using it for several months.

Clearview AI became the subject of privacy investigations in countries around the world after revelations that it scraped data from sites such as Facebook and Instagram to build a database of billions of faces.

The RCMP continued using the software until Clearview AI was barred from operating in Canada in July 2020.

In a statement, the RCMP said it accepted the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's (OPC) findings, and the two organisations had strengthened their relationship.

OPC said the onus was on the RCMP to ensure the tools it used were lawful.

“A government institution cannot collect personal information from a third-party agent if that third-party agent collected the information unlawfully,” Commissioner Daniel Therrien said in a statement.

The RCMP ultimately agreed to implement the OPC's recommendations, including creating an oversight function, after initially disagreeing the force had responsibility for ensuring services they used did not violate laws.

In a press conference, Therrien said his biggest concern was that the RCMP could not explain the purpose of the majority of searches made in Clearview AI's database.

Just 6 percent of searches were related to child exploitation victim identification, which the RCMP said was the main reason it used Clearview AI. Another 85 percent of searches could not be explained, the OPC's report found.

The RCMP said the discrepancy was due to differences in how it tracked searches versus how Clearview AI did so.


Japan travel news, japan travel guides, japan holiday destinations and japan reviews

LATEST NEWS

NEWS RELATED

Sony’s earbuds retake the audio quality and noise cancelling crown

Sony’s latest true wireless earbuds improve on every aspect of what was already a category-leading product in the noise-cancelling space, if you can live with the fact that they’re also now a bit more expensive. The WF-1000XM3 of 2019 were an impressive miniaturisation of a lot of the tech used…

Read more: Sony’s earbuds retake the audio quality and noise cancelling crown

BHP to shift global applications portfolio to Microsoft Azure

Inks ‘long-term’ cloud deals with Microsoft, AWS.

Read more: BHP to shift global applications portfolio to Microsoft Azure

Coles set to boost tech spending

Sets sights on automation, e-commerce uplift.

Read more: Coles set to boost tech spending

Flybuys finds new CTO at Seek

Tim Smart joins the team.

Read more: Flybuys finds new CTO at Seek

Future NBN pricing may have more options and constraints

As ACCC reveals its own thinking ahead of roundtable today.

Read more: Future NBN pricing may have more options and constraints

Google Cloud and Axiata partnership aims to spur digital adoption

Asia is home to over one million SMEs looking to tap the opportunities in some of the world’s fastest growing Internet economies.

Read more: Google Cloud and Axiata partnership aims to spur digital adoption

The challenges in keeping data centres sustainable

With the need for more energy for cooling and carbon emissions rising, are green data centres a paradoxical concept?

Read more: The challenges in keeping data centres sustainable

Transitioning to the next paradigm with AI 2.0

Enterprise-grade, hybrid Cognitive AI us now able to move businesses to the next stage by deriving more value from data and processes.

Read more: Transitioning to the next paradigm with AI 2.0

Andrew Charlton picked to lead Accenture’s Sustainability Services

Akamai routing error caused widespread outages

Macquarie Bank uses transformation to simplify data environment

EU states back personal data flows with ex-member Britain

Cruise operator Carnival discloses personal data breach

Serious privacy problems found in most health apps

Major banks' online services, airline systems go down

Major banks' online services, eftpos, airline systems go down

OTHER NEWS