NZ police used unapproved facial recognition software to search for suspects
An unapproved police trial of controversial facial recognition software conducted dozens of searches for suspects in NZ.
Police did not have any of the necessary clearance from their bosses, the government or the Privacy Commissioner to test American software Clearview AI. Police conducted a short trial between February and March, but decided not to use the technology.
Clearview, which is used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the United States and around the world, is effectively a searchable database of billions of images lifted from the internet that can easily identify people once their photos are uploaded.