The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office will focus on the facial recognition firm’s use of photos scraped from websites and social media platforms as well as biometric information. (The Logic)
Talking point: Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That insists his company has only used “publicly available information.” But LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube have all sent cease-and-desist letters to the firm, arguing that it violates their terms of service. Facebook has also told it to stop. In Canada, the courts have largely dealt with scraping as a copyright issue rather than a privacy matter. Clearview confirmed on Monday it was exiting the country, amid an investigation by the federal, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec privacy commissioners into whether the firm was collecting and using residents’ personal information without their consent; there’s typically no individual approval stage in the scraping process. International cooperation is a priority for the federal privacy commissioner’s office, and it conducted a joint probe of Ashley Madison with the OAIC, spokesperson Vito Pilieci said. He declined to say whether the regulators were collaborating on Clearview, since the investigation is ongoing.