U.S. technology company Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy law: report - 2021-02-03
Four Canadian privacy commissioners are calling on governments to beef up federal and provincial privacy laws after they found American technology firm Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy laws by collecting photos of Canadians without their knowledge or consent.
The report found that Clearview AI's technology created a significant risk to individuals by allowing law enforcement and companies to match photos against its database of more than three billion images, including Canadians and children.
"What Clearview does, is mass surveillance and it is illegal," federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told reporters Wednesday. "It is an affront to individuals' privacy rights and inflicts broad based harm on all members of society who find themselves continually in a police lineup."