Clearview AI’s hefty fine, and countries’ monkeypox preparation

Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined more than 10 million by the UK’s Data Protection Watchdog for collecting the faces of UK citizens on the web and social media. The firm was also ordered to delete all data on UK citizens.

The move by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the latest in a series of high-profile penalties against the company as data protection authorities around the world keep a close eye on its practices.

Clearview AI boasts of being one of the world’s largest database of 20 billion images of people’s faces that has excluded the Internet from publicly available sources, such as social media, without their consent. Clients such as the police department pay for access to the database to watch matches.

But the Data Protection Authority of the Western world has found this to be a clear violation of privacy. Now they’re starting to work together to stop – and fines may just be the beginning. Read the full story.

– Melissa Heckila

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1 The smallpox vaccine is being produced rapidly
Dozens of countries have inquired about the supply of shots, which protect against monkeypox. (WSJ)
, The US has a collection of over 100 million doses. (NYT)
+ Conspiracy theories blaming the US for the outbreak are circulating in China. (Bloomberg 2)
, There is no evidence to suggest that the monkeypox virus is becoming more contagious. (NYT)

2 The Wild West era of data is coming to an end
While countries are divided on how widely it should be distributed, everyone agrees on its value. (NYT)
, GDPR has not stopped data brokers from collecting our information(Wired $)

3 Mark Zuckerberg’s grand plan to appear politically neutral was backfired
Their $ 419 million donation fueled the false theory that the 2020 election was rigged. (Protocol)
, He is also facing a Cambridge Analytica data scandal(WP)
+ Meta will give researchers more information on political advertising targeting. (NYT)
, One month before the election, Facebook control farms reached 140 million Americans(MIT Technology Review)

4 Marshes are struggling with rising water levels
While some plants are suffering, others will bloom માટે for now, at least. (Wired $)
, How Rising Groundwater Due to Climate Change Can Wreak Coastal Communities(MIT Technology Review)

5 Maybe we are spreading false information about misinformation
This line has become so catch-all, we are losing sight of what it really means. (Slate 2)
, How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation(MIT Technology Review)

6 Facebook’s customer service notoriety is terrible
Leaving unsatisfied users with no way to seek help for their problems. (WSJ)

7 Men are not going to perish 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 personnel treat patients
Allow them to carry out tests and vaccinations at home. (Rest of the world)

9 It’s time to dump her and move on
“If it’s important, they’ll come back to me” is a good philosophy to adopt. (WSJ)

10 Google’s text-to-image AI is impressive
But it’s not as advanced as OpenAI. (TechCrunch)
, This equestrian astronaut is a milestone in AI’s journey to understand the world(MIT Technology Review)

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