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Facial recognition: France issues an ultimatum to Clearview AI

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The National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL) of France on Thursday warned the American company Clearview AI, specializing in facial recognition, to stop collecting and using photographs and videos publicly available on the Internet.

The facial recognition software developed by Clearview AI uses a database based on the aspiration of photographs and videos publicly accessible on the Internet, which has enabled this company to appropriate more than 10 billion images around the world, explains the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms in a press release.

In addition to the fact that this collection of personal and biometric data is carried out without legal basisClearview AI also does not respect the right of individuals to access their data or request its erasure, according to the Commission.

The CNILhas therefore given notice to cease this unlawful processing and to delete the data within two months, as well as facilitate the exercise of the rights of data subjects and to comply with requests for erasure madeotherwise it could face financial penalties.

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Clearview AI is the subject of other investigations by several privacy authorities around the world, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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