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NDP calls on Canada to stop RCMP’s facial-recognition software

The RCMP and several other police services across Canada have confirmed they used the software


March 11, 2020
By The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus wants the Liberal government to stop the RCMP’s use of facial-recognition software.The U.S. firm Clearview AI claims to allow police to compare images from crime scenes to a database compiled from publicly available images.

News reports have raised concerns about whether the company is collecting and using personal information without consent.Angus called on the Liberals to ban the technology in Canada until more is known and there can be some kind of judicial oversight of its use.

Angus says there’s a strong record of all parties working together to protect Canadians’ privacy, and he hopes the committee can bring strong recommendations to the government.

Angus said that he has had no response from Liberal ministers about a moratorium.

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The RCMP and several other police services across Canada have confirmed they used the software.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 10, 2020

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