OPP confirms past use of controversial Clearview AI technology

Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed use of the controversial facial recognition software known as Clearview AI.

The police force says some officers with units investigating child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, cyber crime as well as the digital forensics division, had accessed “a free online trial version” of the application since December but were later told to discontinue using it.

The technology was mostly used to identify victims, the OPP said in a statement on Sunday.

In one case, “following further investigation, a suspect was identified and charged with child pornography-related offences.”

“Other testing of the tool was limited to members entering their own images to assess the viability of the software.”

The OPP is one of several law enforcement agencies that recently revealed use of the technology. The RCMP, along with police in Toronto, Halifax, Hamilton and Edmonton, have said that officers have used or tested the software.

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