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October 19, 2023

Face search company Clearview AI overturns UK privacy fine 

  • In 2022, Clearview AI was fined more than £7.5m by the information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for unlawfully storing facial images.
  • The company offers clients a system where users can upload a photo and it matches this in a database of billions of images it has collected and provides links to where these images appear online.
  • Prior to the ICO’s action, now ruled unlawful, France, Italy and Australia have also taken action against the company.
  • Clearview succeeded in appealing against the ICO’s fine and enforcement action because it was used solely by law enforcement bodies outside the UK.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Stalking: New orders aim to better protect victims

  • The new stalking orders give the police the ability to set boundaries by implementing specific Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) to stop the escalation of stalking.
  • Individuals can be prohibited from contacting the named person on the order, including contact in person, by phone call, letters, emails, messages and social media.
  • The order can prohibit the subject from publishing material, or making a reference to already published material, directly or indirectly linked to the victim.
  • Further, they can be banned from entering certain areas, such as where the victim works, usual routes taken or where they walk their children to school.
  • It allows police officers to access the alleged stalker’s home to conduct risk assessments, or if they have no fixed address, they must attend a police station weekly.
  • Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Justice, said that the “new measure will offer protection for victims of stalking from the very start of the investigation”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

New special school to be built in Belfast to address pressure on places

  • The Department of Education has approved a plan to create almost 450 more special school places in Belfast, through the building of a new special school and an expansion of the existing Harberton School.
  • Recently, there has been a demand at special schools (25% increase in 10 Belfast special schools).
  • The Education Authority (EA) want to build a new special school for 275 young people while creating around 170 additional places in Harberton School. This has been approved by the department.
  • Additionally, the EA want to admit young people up to the age of 19, rather than 11 in Harberton. This plan has also now been approved by the department.
  • It is estimated that the new special school will not open until 2029 at the earliest, but the EA wants some of the new places available in temporary buildings by September 2024.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Live website.