According to the New York Times, Clearview AI has scraped more than 3 billion images from places such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Venmo. If you’ve ever posted a picture to one of these platforms, you may be affected. Clearview is using the images as part of its facial recognition software, which is used by many companies and government agencies, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Clearview AI Lawsuits: Class Actions Filed
Several lawsuits have been filed against Clearview AI. One lawsuit is on behalf of California and Illinois residents, and alleges that Clearview illicitly scraped hundreds of websites without giving prior notice or gaining consent. Clearview obtained billions of Facebook, Twitter, and Google customer’s faces, and then used this information to create a facial recognition database and “Faceprints” for thousands of customers, according to the complaint. The lawsuit further claims that Clearview then sold access to the “Faceprints” of billions of people to law enforcement agencies and private companies across the country.
Clearview’s actions are allegedly in violation of California and Illinois privacy protection statutes. Our firm will continue to investigate.
Clearview AI Data Breach: Facial Recognition Clients Exposed
Clearview AI is a facial recognition company holding more than 3 billion images scraped from millions of different websites, including Facebook, YouTube, and Venmo. According to The New York Times, the technology can not only identify a person, but could also reveal people’s “names… where they lived, what they did and whom they knew.” When a user uploads a photo of someone’s face into the system, Clearview can potentially match that person’s face with all their previously scraped photos, and also provide links to the sites where each of these photos came from, the article states.
On February 26, 2020, Daily Beast reported that Clearview AI had its client list stolen. Many media outlets have expressed concern with Clearview’s February data breach, and the information the company holds. According to Recode, this breach is a
scary prospect considering the sheer amount and scope of personal information in its database, as well as the fact that access to it is supposed to be restricted to law enforcement agencies.
Indeed, Clearview’s software has reportedly been used by more than just law enforcement. Buzzfeed, which claims to have gained access to the list of clients, names clients of Clearview which include Walmart, Macy’s, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and even the NBA. Recode states,
Not only does the client list revealed in the leaked documents include references hundreds of local police departments as well as federal agencies like ICE, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, but it also shows that retail companies like Best Buy, Walmart, and Macy’s have conducted trials with Clearview.
According to The Times, Clearview has “shrouded itself in secrecy;” hiding behind limited contact information and avoiding debates about its boundaries. People’s personal information may be at risk. Speak with an attorney to learn more about your options.
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