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Privacy protection authorities to release their findings following investigation into Clearview AI

The results of a joint investigation into Clearview AI’s use of facial recognition technology will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

The investigation was initiated in the wake of media reports raising concerns about whether the company was collecting and using personal information without consent. Media reports stated that Clearview AI was using its technology to collect images and make facial recognition available to law enforcement for the purposes of identifying individuals.

A teleconference for journalists will be held to discuss the findings, with participation by:

  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Diane Poitras, President of Quebec’s Commission d’accès à l’information
  • Michael McEvoy, Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
  • Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

News conference details:

Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Time: 11:30 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. MT / 8:30 a.m. PT)

Format: Conference call with journalists will begin with statements from the privacy regulators. Then there will be time allocated for questions from reporters.

Call-in information: Journalists may call to join the news conference. For that number, please email communications@priv.gc.ca in advance of the news conference. (This line is available to media only.)

General Information: One hour before the teleconference, the investigation Report of Findings will be posted on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada website.

Contacts for information and interview requests:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
communications@priv.gc.ca

Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec
Isabelle.gosselin@cai.gouv.qc.ca

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
MMitchell@oipc.bc.ca

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
SSibbald@oipc.ab.ca

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