B.C.'s auto insurer says it has the blessing of the province's privacy commissioner to help police identify people who took part in the massive riot in Vancouver following the Stanley Cup game.

Insurance Corporation of B.C. spokesman Adam Grossman says the corporation has been given the OK to allow police to access the insurer's facial recognition technology.

Grossman says that since 2009, the public insurer has used the technology to catch theft and fraud related to drivers' licences.

He says police would provide images to ICBC, which would try to match them with its database, but only after police obtain a court order to get the information.

The Vancouver Police Department has received thousands of photos and videos from people who want the rioters brought to justice.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has criticized the insurer's participation in the investigation, saying it amounts to a breach of privacy.