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Aussie entrepreneur launches “disturbing and unethical” facial recognition tech in Silicon Valley

Aussie entrepreneur launches “disturbing and unethical” facial recognition tech in Silicon Valley

STEPHANIE PALMER-DERRIEN / Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Clearview AI

An Aussie entrepreneur is copping flack online for his contentious and, frankly, dystopian startup designed to identify people and source information about them, from a single image.

According to The New York Times, the technology has already been provided to more than 600 law enforcement agencies, including local police in Florida, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Founded by Hoan Ton-That, Clearview AI is a secretive Silicon Valley startup that has been reportedly operating in stealth mode for some time.

It’s facial recognition app allows users to take a picture of a person and upload it, to access public photos of that person, and the sites on which they appear (think Facebook and YouTube).

It has a database of about 3 billion images.

Roosh@rooshv

Soon anyone will be able to take a picture of you in public and then have your complete identity. What could go wrong? https://www.cnet.com/news/clearview-app-lets-strangers-find-your-name-info-with-snap-of-a-photo-report-says/ …Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report saysIt may not be long before you’ll have to forget about walking down the street anonymously, says a New York Times report.cnet.com5432:46 PM – Jan 22, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy252 people are talking about this

According to The New York Times article, although law enforcement didn’t 100% understand how the app works, they’ve used it to help solve shoplifting, credit card fraud and even murder cases.

Clearly, there’s a dark side here.

Outlaw.@weirdobutokay

Is this the CEO of Clearview AI? https://twitter.com/CNET/status/1218931492669263873 …

View image on Twitter

CNET@CNETWhat if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app to quickly discover your name and address? A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible. https://cnet.co/2G8p7vS 6610:24 PM – Jan 20, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy37 people are talking about this

Clearview is reportedly also licenced to ‘a handful’ of private companies, and it’s not clear whether the technology is available for use by individuals

The story has also predictably, and rightly, drawn scorn on Twitter, with one user calling it “disturbing and unethical”.

Becca Fouts@BeccaFouts

“This app isn’t available to the public yet, but Clearview thinks it will be in the near future.”

Please think very carefully about the lives you would be putting in danger if this app were to become available to the public. This is a disturbing and unethical use of technology. https://twitter.com/cnet/status/1218931492669263873 …CNET@CNETWhat if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app to quickly discover your name and address? A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible. https://cnet.co/2G8p7vS 274:37 AM – Jan 21, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Becca Fouts’s other Tweets

Others expressed serious concern that the technology could put women at risk, and make life easier for all the wrong people.

A memo from Clearview distributed to potential customers purportedly addressed concerns, stressing that the tech is totally legal and not at all creepy.

“An informed legal analysis … establishes that law enforcement agencies’ use of Clearview for its intended purpose is fully consistent with current federal law and state biometric and privacy laws,” the memo said.

So, consider yourself reassured.

Peggy Wolohan von Burkleo@SamhainNight

A lot of women would die. That’s what if. https://twitter.com/CNET/status/1218931492669263873 …CNET@CNETWhat if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app to quickly discover your name and address? A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible. https://cnet.co/2G8p7vS 380K4:44 PM – Jan 20, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy115K people are talking about this

Peggy Wolohan von Burkleo@SamhainNight · Jan 20, 2020

A lot of women would die. That’s what if. https://twitter.com/CNET/status/1218931492669263873 …CNET@CNETWhat if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app to quickly discover your name and address? A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible. https://cnet.co/2G8p7vS 

 ‘It’s Still Winter’ Selwyn @SelwynAfterDark

This is like…one of the absolute pinnacles of “you were so focused on whether you could that you never stopped to think about whether you should.” The blatant privacy issues are on the SURFACE LEVEL and somebody was still like LeT’s MaKe A sTaRtUp1042:47 AM – Jan 21, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee  ‘It’s Still Winter’ Selwyn ‘s other Tweets

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