On February 3, 2021, the conclusions of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec (QC Commission), the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia (BC OIPC) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (AB OIPC), collectively referred to as the Offices, were released—finding that Clearview AI violated the privacy rights of Canadians.
Biometric authentication is becoming increasingly common. Smartphones and computers use it, banks have started to use it, and recently MasterCard began rolling out "selfie pay" allowing users to authenticate online payments by using their face at the point of sale. Biometric authentication refers to the validation of a user’s identity by measuring physical or behavioral characteristics. Biometric samples may include fingerprints, retinal scans, palm scans, face and voice recognition.
On December 8, 2012, CIC published proposed regulations that will authorize the collection and use of biometric data from certain foreign nationals. Starting in 2013, temporary resident visa, study permit, and work permit applicants from certain visa-required countries and territories who seek to enter Canada will be required to have their biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) collected overseas before arriving in Canada.