The person behind a privacy nightmare has a familiar face - 2020-01-22
Hoan Ton-That? Again?
That's what I thought when I read Kashmir Hill's excellent piece in the New York Times about the founder of Clearview AI, a secretive New York startup that scours the internet for images of people and uses them to provide police with uncannily accurate identification of suspects based on a single photo.
Hill writes that the tool, based on a database of 3 billion images, "could end your ability to walk down the street anonymously."
After Hill asked some police customers to test Clearview's app with photos of herself, it did something curious. It stopped returning any results for her image, and soon after company representatives called the officers asking if they were speaking to journalists. That suggests Clearview personnel had access to law enforcement agencies' searches, and was actively reviewing them.