DPA issues Clearview AI with €5.7m fine due to order noncompliance


France’s data protection authority (DPA) has issued facial recognition firm Clearview AI with a €5.7m fine. 

According to Compliance Week, the fine was due to failing to comply with an October order to cease and desist from further violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Clearview AI collects photographs from websites and then sells access to this database of images together with a search engine that can identify people. The company advertises the capabilities as helpful to law enforcement and security, but organizations and governments have raised concerns—and issued orders—that Clearview AI’s tools endanger the privacy of citizens and run afoul of regulations like the GDPR.

Back in October, the firm was ordered to stop including photos of French residents in its databases and to pay €20m.

The French DPA, CNIL, said then if Clearview AI didn’t comply with the order within two months, it would have to pay additional fines up to €100,000 per day.

DPA said, “Clearview AI had two months to comply with the order and to justify compliance to the CNIL. However, the company did not send any proof of compliance within this time limit.”

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