RCMP facial recognition covert surveillance

June 2021
Updated: October 2021

Canada's federal privacy watchdog has found the RCMP guilty of breaking the law by using facial recognition to collect the personal information of Canadians without their knowledge or consent.

Canada's privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said the RCMP was guilty of 'serious and systemic failings' in its information gathering operations using controversial facial monitoring company Clearview AI.

The RCMP had previously publicly stated it was not using Clearview AI.

Operator: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Developer: Clearview AI
Country: Canada
Sector: Govt - police
Purpose: Strengthen law enforcement
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy; Surveillance
Transparency: Governance; Privacy; Marketing