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The use of Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology (FRT) by the RCMP was in direct violation of Canada’s privacy act, according to an investigation conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) announced yesterday that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) broke the law by using Clearview AI facial-recognition software.
An OPC investigation launched in July 2020 concluded in February this year that Clearview AI violated the country’s federal private sector privacy law when it created a three-billion-image databank by scraping social media accounts without user consent. Now the OPC has decided the RCMP’s use of the database to match images violated the country’s Privacy Act...CBC
Clearview claims it only allows law enforcement to use its technology,
but reports show that the startup courted users from private businesses like Macy’s, Walmart and the NBA.TechCrunch
Cadillac Fairview (CF), one of North America’s largest commercial real estate companies which also operates malls across Canada,
was put under the spotlight when it was made public that they used Clearview AI’s technology in their shopping centres.DailyHive
The RCMP has maintained that the licences it purchased for Clearview AI were to be used by child exploitation units in their investigations.
But according to the privacy commissioner, the RCMP could only attribute six per cent of the software’s use to its child exploitation units.
The force was unable to account for 85 per cent of its Clearview AI searches reviewed by the watchdog agency, said privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien.
originally posted by: Homefree
I hear they're working on "gait recognition" technology.
originally posted by: ColeYounger
It's disturbing to listen to some of Clearview's defenders justifying the use of the technology "just because".
David Scalzo is one of the bankers that invested in Clearview early on. Apparently, his opinion on these matters is that since "you can't ban technology", then anything goes. Ethics be damned. His statement here is just crazy:
“I’ve come to the conclusion that because information constantly increases, there’s never going to be privacy,” Mr. Scalzo said. “Laws have to determine what’s legal, but you can’t ban technology. Sure, that might lead to a dystopian future or something, but you can’t ban it.”
It's almost like the horrible unintended consequences are just a minor nuisance. Oh yea, by the way, it might lead to a dystopian future. No big deal.
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originally posted by: ColeYounger
a reply to: SleeperHasAwakened
introducing an artificial movement to one's gait
Monty Python's 'Ministry of Silly Walks' ??