Privacy watchdogs from the UK, Australia team up, snap on gloves to probe AI-for-cops upstart Clearview - 2020-07-09

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F0.png Privacy watchdogs from the UK, Australia team up, snap on gloves to probe AI-for-cops upstart Clearview July 9, 2020, Katyanna Quach, The Register

Following Canada's lead earlier this week, privacy watchdogs in Britain and Australia today launched a joint investigation into how Clearview AI harvests and uses billions of images it scraped from the internet to train its facial-recognition algorithms.

The startup boasted it had collected a database packed with more than three billion photos downloaded from people's public social media pages. That data helped train its facial-recognition software, which was then sold to law enforcement as a tool to identify potential suspects.

Cops can feed a snapshot of someone taken from, say, CCTV footage into Clearview's software, which then attempts to identify the person by matching it up with images in its database. If there's a positive match, the software links to that person's relevant profiles on social media that may reveal personal details such as their name or where they live. It's a way to translate previously unseen photos of someone's face into an online handle so that person can be tracked down.

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{{cite news | first = Katyanna | last = Quach | title = Privacy watchdogs from the UK, Australia team up, snap on gloves to probe AI-for-cops upstart Clearview | url = https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/09/clearview_privacy_stop/ | work = The Register | date = July 9, 2020 | accessdate = July 12, 2020 }}