RCMP acknowledges using facial recognition technology, but won't say where

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    "While the RCMP generally does not disclose specific tools and technologies used in the course of its investigations, in the interest of transparency, we can confirm that we recently started to use and explore Clearview AI's facial recognition technology in a limited capacity," the RCMP said in a statement Thursday. Canada doesn't have a policy on the collection of biometrics, which are physical and behavioural characteristics that can be used to identify people digitally. That means there are no minimum standards for privacy, mitigation of risk or public transparency, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's website. The federal Department of Justice said the country's Privacy Act regulates to what extent federal entities can collect, use, disclose and retain personal information. The RCMP are subject to the act, the Department of Justice said, meaning the force "can only collect personal information that relates directly to its mandate as Canada's national police force." Earlier this month the federal privacy watchdog and three of its provincial counterparts agreed to jointly investigate the use of Clearview AI's technology in Canada after concerns were raised over whether the company is collecting and using personal information without consent. The federal watchdog also said that every privacy regulator in every province has agreed to develop guidance for organizations using facial recognition technology. The RCMP said it will be working with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada as a part of that effort. "While we recognize that privacy is paramount and a reasonable expectation for Canadians, this must be balanced with the ability of law enforcement to conduct investigations and protect the safety and security of Canadians, including our most vulnerable," the RCMP statement said.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/clearview-ai-rcmp-facial-recognition-1.5479098
     
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    The RCMP says it will now use Clearview AI only "in very limited and specific circumstances" as concerns grow about the police force's use of the controversial facial recognition technology. The federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner opened an investigation into whether the Mounties' use of facial recognition software violates federal privacy law just over a week ago. That's happening as the House of Commons access to information, privacy and ethics committee begins its own probe into the ramifications of facial recognition technology. The RCMP said it will work with federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien on guidelines for the use of facial-recognition technology under Canadian law. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair's office has said his department "look forward" to seeing Therrien's report.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rcmp-clearview-ai-1.5490988
     

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