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Feb 28, 2020, 6:55:44 PM2/28/20

Notice the part where they are serving notice that they will be able to share - with third parties - your personal information. This refers to anything that you have disclosed in your 'personal profile', including your age, sex, place of residence, and even your photo.

Now, who in the world would want to have a photo of you on file?

RCMP admits to using controversial Clearview AI facial recognition technology

TORONTO -- The RCMP has admitted to using controversial facial recognition software developed by Clearview AI, a company currently under investigation by the federal privacy commissioner.

According to a statement released Thursday, the National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) has been using the controversial software for four months in a “limited capacity” to assist in online child sexual exploitation investigations.

“While the RCMP generally does not disclose specific tools and technologies used in the course of its investigations, in the interest of transparency, we can confirm that we recently started to use and explore Clearview AI's facial recognition technology in a limited capacity,” read the statement.

“Only trained victim identification specialists in the NCECC use the software primarily to help identify, locate and rescue children who have been or are victims of online sexual abuse.”

Clearview AI’s technology allows police agencies to trawl a vast amount of online sources to help identify people.

The company came under scrutiny in early January after The New York Times published a report about its work with law enforcement agencies. The report alleged that the company scraped three billion images from online sources, including Facebook and YouTube.

The Times report included quotes from an anonymous Canadian law enforcement official who said the software was the “biggest breakthrough in the last decade” for identifying young victims of sexual abuse.

Several social media giants, including Twitter and Google, have since sent the company cease-and-desist letters.

Last week, federal Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien announced he and three provincial counterparts will jointly investigate use of the technology in Canada to examine whether the company’s data collection practices comply with Canadian law.

The RCMP previously refused to confirm whether it had used the technology.


So, if you're concerned and have been foolish enough to put your personal data online to be 'social', you might want to revise those little bits of information.
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