Clearview AI to be Fined $22.6M for Breaching UK Data Protection Laws

Clearview AI to be Fined $22.6M for Breaching UK Data Protection Laws

American facial recognition company Clearview AI is facing a fine of just over £17m ($22.6m) for alleged “serious breaches” of the UK’s data protection laws. 

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced the planned penalty yesterday and issued a provisional notice to Clearview to stop processing personal data taken from UK residents and to delete any such data in its possession.

The announcement follows a joint investigation by the ICO and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), which found Clearview AI in breach of Australian privacy laws.

Clearview claims to have the largest known database of facial images, with more than 10 billion images sourced from public-only web sources, including news media, mugshot websites, public social media, and other open sources. ‚Äč

The company pitches its web-based intelligence platform, powered by facial recognition technology, as a tool that helps law enforcement “generate high-quality investigative leads.”

Users can upload an image of a suspect’s face and search for matching images that appear online. 

“The images in Clearview AI Inc’s database are likely to include the data of a substantial number of people from the UK and may have been gathered without people’s knowledge from publicly available

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