Clearview stops selling facial recognition technology to businesses

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Clearview AI promises to no longer sell its facial recognition technology to commercial parties in the US. The company may still provide its services to investigative authorities and governments. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sees the settlement as a victory.

The interest group reports this on its website.

Clearview AI is an American company engaged in the development of facial recognition technology. Over the years, the company has built a database of more than ten billion facial profiles. To set up this database, it used scraping software. This is a program that automatically visits public sources on the Internet and collects profile pictures and associated information. A proprietary facial recognition program then builds a facial recognition database.

For a fee, investigative and enforcement authorities worldwide are allowed to use the search function of the database. In the US alone, there are more than 2,400 agencies that do that. For example, the FBI used the software to identify and track down rioters who took part in the storming of the Capitol. The director of the intelligence service found the use of this technology justified in this case.

Clearview’s technology would also be used by the police in the Netherlands. Sander Dekker, the then Minister for Legal Protection, denied that. “Using Clearview is incompatible with legal provisions and violates our fundamental rights. The collection and processing of personal data for the purpose of criminal proceedings must be aimed at a concrete purpose, must be based on the law, and must comply with the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity. And this must

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