Clearview AI slammed for breaching Australians' privacy on numerous fronts

Australia’s Information Commissioner has found that Clearview AI breached Australia’s privacy laws on numerous fronts, after a bilateral investigation uncovered that the company’s facial recognition tool collected Australians’ sensitive information without consent and by unfair means.

The investigation, conducted by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), found that Clearview AI’s facial recognition tool scraped biometric information from the web indiscriminately and has collected data on at least 3 billion people.

The OAIC also found that some Australian police agency users, who were Australian residents and trialled the tool, searched for and identified images of themselves as well as images of unknown Australian persons of interest in Clearview AI’s database.

By considering these factors together, Australia’s Information Commissioner Angelene Falk concluded that Clearview AI breached Australia’s privacy laws by collecting Australians’ sensitive information without consent and by unfair means. In her determination [PDF], Falk explained that consent was not provided, even though facial images of affected Australians are already available online, as Clearview AI’s intent in collecting this biometric data was ambiguous.

“I consider that the act of uploading an image to a social media site does not unambiguously indicate agreement to collection of

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