Despite denials, the RCMP has been routinely using facial recognition technology since 2002, The Tyee has learned.
And the software continues to be used in British Columbia, the RCMP confirmed Monday.
Attention has been focused on the RCMP’s use of Clearview AI’s controversial facial recognition software, which uses a database of billions of images scraped from social media. The technology allows police forces — and individuals and companies — to upload a photo and see any matching images on the web, along with links to where they appeared.
But The Tyee has learned the RCMP has been using facial recognition software for 18 years.