3 billion face data AI companies suspected of exaggerating publicity for Twitter demand to stop capturing data

A face image alone can be used to find people across the entire network. A US startup has recently attracted much attention for its face recognition system composed of 3 billion pictures, but doubts have followed: suspected false promotion of police applications The situation, violation of the data privacy provisions of social platforms, being banned by individual U.S. states … Less than ten days into the public eye, startup Clear view AI has faced unprecedented controversy.

The first large-scale exposure of Clear view AI came from a report in the New York Times on January 18, 2020. It is reported that an artificial intelligence company, Clear view AI, provides the latest face recognition system to at least 600 US law enforcement agencies, which includes 3 billion image data captured from major websites. This order of magnitude “is beyond anything built by the U.S. government or the Silicon Valley giant.”

Using this system, you can view a person’s public photos online, including the photo’s address link, simply by uploading a face photo of the person. The system is said to have helped police resolve cases such as shop theft, identity theft, credit card fraud, murder and child sexual exploitation.

The above-mentioned report caused widespread concern, and the US police, social media, and members of Congress have expressed their opinions, and more information about the use of the Clearview AI application has surfaced.

Earlier, Clearview AI announced that its product helped the New York Police Department in August 2019 to crack a terrorism case involving a New York City subway station in just “a few seconds.”

The above statement was denied by the New York Police Department.

US news website BuzzFeedNews quoted a department spokesman on January 23 as saying that the New York Police Department did not use Clearview technology to identify suspects in the August 16 incident. Despite Clearview AI’s publicity on its website, the New York Police Department said it had no “official relationship” with Clearview AI.

Clearview AI was also revealed on the official website using photos of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal for false publicity, claiming that its products were used in 2019 crime incidents. In response, Gurbir S. Grewal asked 21 counties in New Jersey to stop using the Clearview AI application on January 24.

In addition to the alleged exaggeration and false propaganda, Clearview AI also faces the test from social media platforms.

The New York Times reported on January 18 that Clearview AI claims that its system is built on a database of more than 3 billion images on Facebook, YouTube, Venmo, Instagram, LinkedIn and millions of other websites. This behavior violates the terms of service of the relevant website.

After the report was published, Twitter, a social platform, wrote to Clearview AI asking it to stop obtaining photos and any other data from social media and delete all previously collected data.

In response, Tor Ekeland, Clearview AI’s attorney, responded that a letter had been received from Twitter and said the company “will respond appropriately.”

Clearview AI’s face recognition system has also caused concern among US lawmakers. Senator Ed Markey wrote to Clearview AI founder Hoan Ton-That asking Clearview AI to provide key information about its behavior and technology.

He asked 14 questions to Clearview AI, asking them to respond by February 12. These issues include: which law enforcement agencies Clearview AI is working with, internal algorithm bias and accuracy test results (if any), whether Clearview AI plans to sell its technology to individuals or third-party companies outside law enforcement, and child privacy Protection situation, etc. In the letter, Ed Markey said, “The widespread use of technology may foster dangerous behaviors and may undermine individuals’ ability to engage in daily life anonymously.”

In response to Ed Markey’s letter, Clearview AI’s attorney said it was studying the letter carefully and “will respond accordingly.”

In response to various doubts, Clearview AI posted a post on the official website on January 23 in response: Clearview AI is not a consumer application, but used by law enforcement agencies to identify offenders and victims. “Clearview’s app is not open to the public. Although many people suggest that the public version will be more profitable, we reject the idea.” “We remain committed to making the world a safer place and will continue only to law enforcement and Selected security professionals provide our technology. “

Clearview AI software was developed by Hoan Ton-That, an Australian who emigrated to the United States in 2007, and Richard Schwartz, a former assistant to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Public information shows that as of 2019, the company has received approximately $ 7 million in financing.

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