Incident 412: Finland Police's Facial Recognition Trial to Identify Sexual Abuse Victims Deemed Illegal

Description: Finland's National Police Board was reprimanded for illegal processing of special categories of personal data in a facial recognition trial to identify potential victims of child sexual abuse.


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Alleged: Clearview AI developed an AI system deployed by , which harmed Finland National Bureau of Investigation.

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Testing of facial recognition software by NBI reported to Data Protection Ombudsman · 2021

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has discovered within its activities a possible information security incident involving personal data and has made a report on the incident to the National Police Board. The alleged incident took p…

Finnish police denied, then admitted using controversial facial recognition app · 2021

Officers at Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have used the controversial facial recognition app Clearview AI, even though its use was not widely known within the organisation, according to documents seen by Yle.

The matter w…

Clearview AI Offered Free Trials To Police Around The World · 2021

Law enforcement agencies and government organizations from 24 countries outside the United States used a controversial facial recognition technology called Clearview AI, according to internal company data reviewed by BuzzFeed News.

That dat…

Finnish SA: Police reprimanded for illegal processing of personal data with facial recognition software · 2021

Background information

  • Date of final decision: 20 September 2021
  • Cross-border case or national case: National case
  • Controller: National Police Board
  • Legal Reference: Art. 14 in the Act on the Processing of Personal Data in Criminal Matters…


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