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