Greece fines Clearview AI. The NSO Group is requesting a reprieve from being placed on the US Entity List.

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  • Greece fines Clearview AI.
  • The NSO Group is requesting a reprieve from being placed on the US Entity List.

Greece becomes the latest country to crack down on Clearview AI.

Clearview AI, well known for its controversial facial recognition services, came under fire when it was discovered the company was using scraped images without the consent of subjects to create its ID database. TechCrunch explains that Greece joins the UK, Italy and France in banning Clearview from collecting and processing the personal data of its residents. The Hellenic Data Protection Authority has ordered Clearview to delete all Greek data already present in its database and imposes a fine on the company. 20 million euros.

The decision follows a complaint filed in May 2021 by Homo Digitalis, a Greek human rights group. Homo Digitalis applauded the decision, saying the fine sends a “strong signal against the intrusive business models of companies that seek to make money from the unlawful processing of personal data”. In May, Clearview agreed to major restrictions on its services in the United States in exchange for settling a 2020 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said Clearview was in violation of state law. Illinois prohibiting the use of individuals’ biometric data without consent. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which covers around 30 European countries, places similar restrictions on such data. So far, Clearview has been fined around 50 million euros in total by regulators in Europe, and it’s likely that Greece won’t be the last country to take such a step. When asked for a response, the company said: “Clearview AI has no establishment in Greece or the EU, it has no customers in Greece or the EU and does not undertake any activity that would otherwise mean it is subject to the GDPR.

The NSO group would like a reprieve from the American restrictions.

NSO Group, maker of the Pegasus interception tool, has been on the US Commerce Department’s Entity List (effectively a blacklist) since last November, and it would very much like to be removed from that list. To that end, the company has hired lobbyists to make its case to the U.S. administration and Congress, Pro Publica reports. The Times of Israel believes the NSO Group’s efforts at this point have shown little chance of success. The company was placed on the Entity List due to widespread abuse of its Pegasus tool by repressive governments.

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