Canada's privacy authorities on Friday said they are investigating New York-based Clearview AI over concerns the facial recognition technology may not comply with Canadian privacy law.
"Clearview AI bills itself as a tool for law enforcement, scraping the internet for publicly available photos and using facial recognition to identify potential suspects," reports Moira Warburton at Reuters, "Critics in both Canada and the United States have raised concerns about the lack of consent of those searched, and the potential for misuse of the service."
Several police forces in Ontario have publicly acknowledged they have used Clearview's services, including the police force in Toronto, Canada's most populous city.
The privacy commissioners of Canada and of the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Québec will jointly investigate whether the company's practices are in compliance with Canadian privacy legislation.
The investigation was initiated as a result of media reports that "raised questions and concerns about whether the company is collecting and using personal information without consent," said a joint statement from the commissioners' offices.
Read more at Reuters:
• Facial recognition company Clearview AI probed by Canada privacy agencies
Previously at Boing Boing: