UK Information Commissioner’s Office to fine Clearview AI

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced its intent to fine Clearview AI just over £17 million (€19.8 million) for breaching data protection rules. The company is accused of harvesting UK citizens’ images from the internet without their knowledge and of conducting facial recognition searches using biometrics. The ICO has also ordered the company to delete UK citizens’ data. The announcement follows a joint investigation by the UK’s ICO and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). In early November,, the OAIC also found that Clearview AI was in breach of Australian privacy laws. Following a period in which the company can reply to the ICO’s provisional intent, the ICO will make a final decision by mid-2022.