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Police in Canada using controversial facial recognition software

Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology scrapes photos off the internet. In all likelihood, your photo is in its database of three billion images. Police forces across Canada have used the technology — including many that initially said they didn’t.
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That photo you posted to Instagram? It might be a part of Clearview AI's massive database of some three billion images, all scraped from the internet. The facial recognition app has experts worried about privacy overreach. A number of police forces in Canada said they don't use Clearview — until it turned out they do. Toronto Star reporters Wendy Gillis and Kate Allen have followed this story closely, and are here to talk implications.

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