Records on Clearview AI reveal new info on police use - 2020-01-18
It's likely most Americans have never heard of Clearview AI, Inc., but many still have a good chance of being in the company's massive facial recognition database.
Technological capacity for collecting, storing, and analyzing images is growing, and Clearview is one of the private vendors accelerating the trend. The company claims to use "billions of publicly available photos, including news articles, social media accounts, and public mugshot databases," which is used to find matches when an image needs to be identified.
Typically, such facial recognition identification is based on numbers. The system analyzes a face for particular measurements and ratios, and then based on that model, the image is compared to a database of known or existing faces. The ACLU and academics have pointed out facial recognition is trained on and created by those with Caucasian-featured faces, reinforcing race-based biases in policing.