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Australia Says U.S. Facial Recognition Software Firm Clearview Breached Privacy Law

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A facial recognition program in use.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is investigating the Australian Federal Police over a trial of Clearview software it ran between October 2019 and March 2020.

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) said U.S. facial recognition software company Clearview AI violated privacy laws by collecting images from Websites without Australians' consent, and without checking the accuracy of its matches.

Clearview cross-references photos scraped from social media sites into a database of billions of images.

Information commissioner Angelene Falk said the company's actions carried "significant risk of harm to individuals, including vulnerable groups such as children and victims of crime, whose images can be searched on Clearview AI's database."

She called the clandestine collection of images "unreasonably intrusive and unfair."

OAIC has ordered Clearview to stop collecting facial images and biometric templates from people in Australia, and to delete images and templates collected there.

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