An Australian firm which Reportedly has a database of more than 10 billion facial images is currently facing a potential £17m fine over its handling of personal data in the UK.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said it recieved significant concerns about Clearview AI, whose facial recognition software is used by police forces.
It urge the firm to stop processing UK personal data and delete any it has.
Meanwhile, Clearview said the regulator’s claims were “factually and legally incorrect.
The company – which has been invited to make representations – said it was considering an appeal and “further action”.
Clearview AI’s system allows a user – for example, a law enforcement agent seeking to identify a suspect – to upload a photo of a face and find matches in a database of billions of images it has collected from the internet and social media.
The system then provides links to where matching images appeared online.