UK Watchdog Fines Clearview AI $9.4 Million, Orders Deletion of UK Residents' Images
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The UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has fined facial recognition company Clearview AI £7.5m ($9.4 million) for collecting images of people from social media platforms and the web to add to a global database.
The ICO also ordered Clearview to delete the data of UK residents from its systems. John Edwards, the UK information commissioner, said that “The company not only enables identification of those people, but effectively monitors their behaviour and offers it as a commercial service. That is unacceptable. That is why we have acted to protect people in the UK by both fining the company and issuing an enforcement notice,” he said. Clearview’s services are no longer offered in the UK, but the ICO said it still had customers abroad, so it was still using the data of UK residents. (Dan Milmo / The …