Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien released a damning statement Wednesday about controversial technology company Clearview AI’s collection and analysis of facial photos of Canadians posted online. He, alongside his provincial counterparts, concluded that “What Clearview does is mass surveillance and it is illegal.” Canada is not the first country to take issue with Clearview’s technology. Similar investigations are ongoing in Britain and Australia.
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