The federal privateness watchdog says the RCMP broke the legislation by utilizing cutting-edge facial-recognition software program to gather private info.
In a report right now, privateness commissioner Daniel Therrien says there have been severe and systemic failings by the RCMP to make sure compliance with the Privateness Act earlier than it gathered info from U.S. agency Clearview AI.
“The usage of [facial recognition technology] by the RCMP to look via huge repositories of Canadians who’re harmless of any suspicion of crime presents a severe violation of privateness,” Therrien stated in his report.
“A authorities establishment can not acquire private info from a 3rd celebration agent if that third celebration agent collected the knowledge unlawfully.”
Clearview AI’s know-how permits for the gathering of big numbers of photographs from numerous sources that may assist police forces, monetary establishments and different shoppers determine individuals.
In a associated probe, Therrien and three provincial counterparts stated in February that Clearview AI’s know-how resulted in mass surveillance of Canadians and violated federal and provincial legal guidelines governing private info.
They stated the New York-based firm’s scraping of billions of photographs of individuals from throughout the web was a transparent violation of Canadians’ privateness rights.
Therrien introduced final 12 months that Clearview AI would cease providing its facial-recognition providers in Canada in response to the privateness investigation.
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