No, Clearview AI's creepy plan to spy on us is not 'free speech' - 2020-02-14
Law enforcement agencies around the world are enthusiastically adopting the services of Clearview AI, a tech company whose powerful software scrapes several billion open-source images for the purposes of facial recognition.
As the company confronts mounting criticism over its disturbing surveillance practices, its chief executive, Hoan Ton-That, is rolling out an audacious new defense: he claims that Clearview's practices are protected by the first amendment. Ton-That's upside-down views of civil liberties are, it seems, just as Orwellian as his company's surveillance apparatus.
Fortunately, he is dead wrong. The constitution does not shield Clearview AI from accountability. We can, and must, pass laws to limit it and other facial recognition systems.