Google Slaps Face-Recognition Firm Clearview With a Cease-and-Desist Letter - 2020-02-05
Clearview AI, a controversial face recognition start-up, whose customers include hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, has been served cease-and-desist letters by Google and its subsidiary YouTube.
The letters, which serve as a warning of impending civil action by Google, come in response to recent statements by Clearview CEO and founder Hoan Ton-That. In an interview with CBS This Morning that aired on Wednesday, Ton-That defended the company scraping photos of people's faces from Facebook, Google, and countless other websites without their consent, arguing that Clearview has a First Amendment right to access "public" data.
"Google can pull in information from all different websites," Ton-That said. "So if it's public, you know, and it's out there, it could be inside Google search engine, it can be inside ours as well."