The Austrian Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently ruled that Clearview AI must cease processing any biometric data belonging to the complainant and delete any of their existing profiles in its searchable database. Similar bans have been issued in Italy, the UK, France and Greece.
This US tech company uses artificial intelligence to collect images from across the web and create a facial recognition repository for law enforcement agencies. This practice is in breach of GDPR and other European data protection regulations.
Austrian DPA decided that by utilizing its software to monitor people in Austria without providing services to the public there, Clearview was committing a breach of EU privacy regulations. Consequently, all personal data linked to the complainant must be erased.
While the DPA has not issued a fine or general prohibition at the present time, it could take such measures in the future. Moreover, Clearview is obligated to assign a representative within the EU to ensure citizens can properly execute their rights and regulatory bodies have someone from Europe to contact.