This latest facial recognition freak-out started when The New York Times revealed that Clearview AI scraped billions photos off public social media accounts (and other sources) to feed their image-based crime-fighting system. Basically, law enforcement feeds an image into the Clearview AI system and it immediately identifies the face and matches it with personal information about that person.
Facebook, Twitter, and others filed Cease and Desist orders to stop Clear AI’s data scraping.
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Perhaps in response to this blow back, Clearview AI tries on its web site to make its intentions crystal clear. It says, in a nutshell:
If that all reads like “trying too hard,” you’re probably right. It’s also a bit of Clearview AI trying to get ahead of what’s coming.
News that Clearview AI is working with the FBI and law enforcement agencies across and even outside the U.S., as well as concerns over law enforcement’s use of Amazon’s Rekognition facial recognition system, has prompted calls for investigations and the drafting of Senators Cory Booker and Owen Merkley’s bill, which recommends a moratorium on using Facial Recognition until their new Commission drafts guidelines and limits for its use.