After Canada, now Australia has found that controversial facial recognition company, Clearview AI, broke national privacy laws when it covertly collected citizens’ facial biometrics and incorporated them into its AI-powered identity matching service — which it sells to law enforcement agencies and others.
In a statement today, Australia’s information commissioner and privacy commissioner, Angelene Falk, said Clearview AI’s facial recognition tool breached the country’s Privacy Act 1988 by:
- collecting Australians’ sensitive information without consent
- collecting personal information by unfair means
- not taking reasonable steps to notify individuals of the collection of personal information
- not taking reasonable steps to ensure that personal information it disclosed was accurate, having regard to the purpose of disclosure
- not taking reasonable steps to implement practices, procedures and systems to ensure compliance with the Australian Privacy Principles
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