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AI Facial Recognition
American Facial Recognition firm Clearview A.I. has been ordered by the Australian Privacy Commissioner to immediately cease collecting social media images of Australian citizens, after it was revealed that Queensland, Victorian and Federal Police were trialling the company’s online “scraping” technology.
The firm was found to have breached the privacy of Australians and has been instructed to delete all of the photos collected in Australia within the next 90 days.
Police forces in Australia were also found to have “downplayed their use of the service”, as reported by The Guardian. Australian Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said in response to her decision that:
The company is believed to have collected a database of some 3 billion facial images of people from across the globe, using the so-called “scraping” method on social media accounts.
This decision comes soon after the EU’s finding for a sweeping ban on all facial recognition surveillance.
Mark Love, Attorney for Clearview A.I., has begun making plans to appeal the recent decision, stating that he believes Clearview AI operates legitimately according to the laws of its places of business.
Mr. Love also claims that the Australian Commissioner Angelene Falk lacks the legal jurisdiction to make such a ruling. However, the Privacy Commissioner made the important point that:
Since the beginning of the pandemic, mass surveillance techniques and technology innovations have reached the point of becoming almost impossible to keep track of, naturally sparking cause for alarm amongst citizens of nations across the globe.
Even though data collection firms claim that the majority of your data is being used to deliver more relevant advertising to your screens, one cannot deny the facts; technology of this type is leading us to a draconian mass surveillance state.