Clearview AI has been fined by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for breaking UK data protection laws.
The £7.5m fine is a huge reduction from the £17m the ICO initially planned to fine the web-based intelligence platform in November 2021. The initial fine was proposed following a joint investigation conducted in accordance with the Australian Privacy Act and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.
The company has been punished for building an online database of over 20 billion images of people’s faces and data from publicly available information sources online. It did not inform any of said individuals that their data was being collected or used.
Clearview AI has also been forced to stop collecting and delete existing data.