CNIL fines Clearview AI with 20 million euros
Following a formal notice which remained unaddressed, the French data protection authority CNIL imposed a penalty of 20 million euros and ordered Clearview AI to stop collecting and using data on individuals in France without a legal basis and to delete the data already collected.
CNIL concluded that Clearview AI does not have a legitimate interest in collecting and using data , particularly given the intrusive and massive nature of the process, which makes it possible to retrieve the images present on Internet of the millions of Internet users in France. These people, whose photographs or videos are accessible on various websites, including social media, do not reasonably expect their images to be processed by the company to supply a facial recognition system that could be used by States for law enforcement purposes.
Source: Facial recognition: 20 million euros penalty against CLEARVIEW AI | CNIL