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Legal Tech News and Events: May 30, 2022

Clearview AI fined by UK's ICO for privacy violations, and highlights from the 2022 Women of Legal Tech Summit.

May 30, 2022

News: Facial Recognition Company Fined by ICO

UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the facial recognition database company, Clearview AI Inc. amounting to £ 7.5 million ($8 million). Clearview AI’s database consists of more than 20 billion facial images and data accumulated from publicly available information on the internet and social media platforms all over the world. Users have not consented to these and in many countries, this is a violation of privacy laws.

An excerpt from U.K information Commissioner, John Edwards acknowledged how this act negatively affects everyone:

“People expect that their personal information will be respected, regardless of where in the world their data is being used. That is why global companies need international enforcement. Working with colleagues around the world helped us take this action and protect people from such intrusive activity.”

This is not the first time the company has faced lawsuits. In the US, Clearview has settled a lawsuit against American Civil Liberties Union. They were accused of breaching the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) which protects individuals’ biometric data by prohibiting its use without prior consent.

Event: 2022 Women of Legal Tech Summit

Last Wednesday, May 25, 2022, ABA’s 2022 Women of Legal Tech Summit held its virtual event. Going on its 5th year the summit has brought women in the industry to celebrate wins, opportunities for collaborations and encourage conversation with the goal of breaking down barriers to women in legal tech. The half-day event included the following speakers Leah Molatseli, April Dawson, Kristin Tyler, and Olga V. Mack.

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