Take back your data from Clearview AI!

Clearview AI is a facial recognition technology company that scrapes the Internet for publicly available images of faces, breaking terms of service agreements, and violating our basic privacy rights.

Their database likely includes images of nearly every person in Canada. They had made these images available to law enforcement agencies all across this country, and still make available internationally. Meaning, everyone in the database is a potential suspect. 

Wondering if you’re in their database? Want them to delete your photos? Use the form below to exercise your privacy rights by submitting a request for personal information under Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and ask them to delete your data!

Submit your request to Clearview AI

To start your request, you'll need to enter a couple of pieces of information. Enter your first name, last name, and email address in the fields below. You'll need to provide your email address so that Clearview AI has a place to send your photos to. 

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The use of Clearview AI by law enforcement in Canada was widespread. A leaked document revealed that the RCMP, the Vancouver Police Department, the Edmonton and Calgary Police Departments, the Toronto Police Service, the Halifax Regional Police, amongst others, had all been clients of Clearview AI.1-3

That means, with one photo and a click of a button, law enforcement could conduct virtual police lineups using your photos. This essentially makes everyone a suspect. 

While Clearview AI recently stopped offering their services in Canada due to an ongoing investigation by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, your photos are still in their database and are still available to international law enforcement agencies. 

Why does that matter? In the United States, this same technology led to the arrest of two men for crimes that they didn’t commit.4-5

In the first case, a man was arrested after arriving home from work. It happened on his front lawn in front of his wife and young daughters. He was held overnight in police custody for a crime that he didn’t commit. 

That’s not an isolated problem with a single piece of software, but an issue with all facial recognition technology. Scientific studies have shown that the leading version of this technology is discriminatory against women and people of colour.6

Because of this, Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM have all imposed moratoriums on the use of their facial recognition technology by law enforcement.7 But there’s always going to be a company willing to put profits ahead of ethics, like Clearview AI. 

Find out if you’re part of their database and ask them to delete your data by using the form.

Sources

  1. RCMP admits to using Clearview AI technology - The Tyee
  2. Canadian privacy officials will investigate controversial facial recognition tool used by Toronto police - CTV News
  3. Halifax police confirm use of controversial Clearview AI facial recognition technology - Global News
  4. Wrongfully accused by an algorithm - The New York Times
  5. Controversial Detroit facial recognition got him arrested for a crime he didn’t commit - Detroit Free Press
  6. Gender and racial bias found in Amazon’s facial recognition technology (again) - The Verge
  7. Big tech companies back away from selling facial recognition to police - Recode

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