by: JD Heyes
(Natural News) As much as privacy has ever been impacted in the internet age, every last fragment of it has now been completely ripped out thanks to artificial intelligence.
The CEO of Clearview AI, a widely criticized tech company infamous for invading people’s privacy, has admitted the company has scraped around 30 billion photos from social media sites. Clearview AI organized and compiled these photos, provide them to state supervisory authorities to use as they see fit, all in secret and without any control.
This fits perfectly, by the way, with the warnings of the Founders about the unchecked power of the authorities.
Clearview AI has reportedly worked with law enforcement to provide them with information to identify and prosecute those involved in the January 6 insurgency, who are currently being pursued by the FBI, YP Media reported earlier in the week.
Clearview AI promotes its ability to identify those involved in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, help prevent child abuse or exploitation, and exonerate those wrongfully accused of crimes. However, critics have raised concerns about privacy breaches and wrongful arrests caused by inaccurate identifications made using facial recognition technology. Examples of such incidents include cases in Detroit and New Orleans, Business Intern noted further.
Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That admitted in an interview with the BBC last month that the company obtained photos without users’ knowledge. This approach has allowed the company to quickly expand its extensive database, which is marketed on its website as a tool for law enforcement to “bring justice to victims.”
Ton-That revealed that US law enforcement has accessed Clearview AI’s facial recognition database nearly a million times since its inception in 2017. However, the exact nature of the law enforcement relationship order and Clearview AI is unclear, and the quoted number could not be independently verified by Initiated.
In a statement emailed to InitiatedTon-That said, “Clearview AI’s publicly available image database is collected legally, like any other search engine like Google.”
He added, “The Clearview AI database is used for post-crime investigations by law enforcement and is not accessible to the general public. Each photo in the dataset is a potential clue that could save a life, bring justice to an innocent victim, prevent misidentification, or exonerate an innocent person.
The invasive nature of facial recognition technology has drawn heavy criticism from privacy advocates and digital platforms. In 2020, several major social media companies, including Facebook, sent cease and desist letters to Clearview AI for violating the privacy of their users, Initiated noted later.
“Clearview AI’s actions invade people’s privacy, which is why we banned their founder from our services and sent them a legal request to stop accessing any data, photos or videos on our services,” said a spokesperson for Meta, which owns Facebook. .
Since then, the spokesperson added, Meta has “made significant investments in technology” and is devoting “substantial team resources to combating unauthorized scraping on Facebook products.”
When Facebook engineers detect scraping, the company can take action “such as sending cease-and-desist letters, disabling accounts, filing lawsuits, or requesting support from service providers. ‘hosting’ to protect user data, the spokesperson added.
Despite internal policies, once Clearview AI obtains a photo, the biometric fingerprint of the individual’s face is created and matched in the database to link them to their social media profiles and other credentials permanently. Unfortunately, people captured in these photos have limited options to remove themselves from the database, notes Initiated.
“Clearview is a complete affront to people’s rights, period, and police should not be able to use this tool,” said Caitlin Seeley George, director of campaigns and operations for nonprofit Fight for the Future. defense of digital rights. She added that “without laws stopping them, the police often use Clearview without their department’s knowledge or consent, so Clearview bragging about the number of searches is the only form of ‘transparency’ in which we are interested in the widespread use of facial recognition,” according to Initiated.