The controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined more than $ 10 million by the UK data protection body for picking up the faces of British citizens on the web and social media. The company was also ordered to delete all data it has on UK citizens.
The measure by the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO) in the UK is the latest in a series of high-profile fines against the company, as data protection authorities around the world observe restrictions tougher on their practices.
Clearview AI has one of the largest databases in the world with 20 billion images of people’s faces that it has deleted from publicly available sources, such as social media, without their consent. Clients such as police departments pay to access the database to search for matches.
But data protection authorities across the Western world have found this to be a clear violation of privacy. Now they start working together to repress, and the fines may be just the beginning. Read the whole story.
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1 Smallpox vaccine production is increasing
Dozens of countries have consulted on supplies of the vaccine, which protects against monkeypox. (WSJ $)
+ The U.S. has more than 100 million stored doses. (NOW $)
+ Conspiracy theories blaming the U.S. for the outbreak are circulating in China. (Bloomberg $)
+ There is no evidence to suggest that the monkeypox virus is becoming more infectious. (NOW $)
2 The era of the wild west of Data is coming to an end
Although countries are divided on how to share, everyone agrees on its value. (NYT $)
+ The GDPR has not prevented data intermediaries from accumulating our information. (cable $)
3 Mark Zuckerberg’s grand plan to appear politically neutral was counterproductive
His $ 419 million donation fueled the false theory that the 2020 election was rigged. (Protocol)
+ He is also being sued for the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. (WP $)
+ Meta will provide researchers with more information on the targeting of political announcements. (NOW $)
+ Facebooktroll farms reached 140 million Americans a month before the election. (MIT Technology Review)
4 Wetlands are struggling with rising water levels
While some plants suffer, others will thrive, at least for now. (cable $)
+ How the rise in groundwater caused by climate change could devastate coastal communities. (MIT Technology Review)
5 Perhaps we are spreading misinformation about misinformation
The phrase has become catchy, we are losing sight of what it really means. (Slate $)
+ How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation. (MIT Technology Review)
6 Facebook customer service is notoriously terrible
Leaving users unhappy with no way to seek help for their problems. (WSJ $)
7 Humans will not go extinct soon
But our ability to adapt and learn from mistakes is crucial to our future survival. (CNET)
8 Mexico City’s gig economy is helping medical workers treat patients
Allow them to get tested and vaccinated at home. (Rest of the world)
9 It’s time to break with email ⁇
“If it’s important, they’ll answer me” is a good philosophy to adopt. (WSJ $)
10 Google’s text-to-image AI is pretty impressive
But it is not as advanced as OpenAI. (TechCrunch)
+ This astronaut on horseback is a milestone in the journey of AI to make sense of the world. (MIT Technology Review)
Appointment of the day
“You can make a fortune entirely in crypto. I’d never say you can’t, but you’re betting you’ll be a better shark than all the sharks who built the shark pool.”