An Australian firm claiming to have a database of more than 10 billion facial images faces, a potential £ 17 million fine over its handling of personal data in the UK.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said, it has significant concerns about Clearview Artificial Intelligent(AI), whose face recognition software is used by police forces.

It has told the firm to stop processing UK personal data and delete anything it has.

Clearview said the regulator’s allegations were “factually and legally incorrect”.

The company – which has been invited to make representations said that it was considering an appeal and “further action”.

It has been found to have violated Australian privacy laws but is seeking a review of the decision.

Google Search For Faces

The Clearview AI system allows users – for example, a police officer who wants to identify a suspect by uploading a photo of a face and looking for a match in a database of billions of images it has collected from the internet and social media.

The system then provides a link to where the corresponding image is displayed online.

  • Database firms must remove snaps taken in Australia.
  • The legitimacy of collecting faces online is challenged.

The firm has promoted its services to police as resembling a “Google search for faces”.

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