B.C., Alberta and Quebec Privacy Regulators Issue Binding Orders Directing Clearview AI to Comply with Recommendations

  • January 21, 2022
  • Ellen Xu

On December 14, 2021, the provincial privacy regulators for British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec each issued separate legally binding orders directing Clearview AI to comply with reccomendations regarding its data collection, use and disclosure practices. The orders follow a joint investigation and subsequent Report of Findings issued by the three provincial regulators and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (the “OPC”) on February 3, 2021 (the “Joint Report”) in which the regulators found that Clearview had violated federal and provincial private-sector privacy laws.

Clearview AI, a US company, created and maintained a database of more than three billion images of individuals scraped, without consent, from publicly available sources on the internet through its facial recognition technology tool. The Joint Report describes the functions of Clearview’s facial recognition technology in four key sequential steps: