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Google Slaps Face-Recognition Firm Clearview With a Cease-and-Desist Letter - 2020-02-05

F0.png Google Slaps Face-Recognition Firm Clearview With a Cease-and-Desist Letter February 5, 2020, Dell Cameron, Gizmodo

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."

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{{cite news | first = Dell | last = Cameron | title = Google Slaps Face-Recognition Firm Clearview With a Cease-and-Desist Letter | url = https://gizmodo.com/google-slaps-face-recognition-firm-clearview-with-a-cea-1841469485 | work = Gizmodo | date = February 5, 2020 | accessdate = April 9, 2020 }}