Clearview A.I. is a new facial recognition company that scrapes the photo data from social media websites and complies it for law enforcement, government, and other clients. It is backed by Peter Thiel, a big Trump supporter – and is already in use by large numbers of police and regulatory agencies in the USA and England. One of the co-founder’s of the company was an aide to Rudolph Giuliani, the personal lawyer of the president.
The company uses “billions of publicly available photos, including news articles, social media accounts, and public mugshot databases,” to match your image with your identity. The images they use are open-source and the number of photos are in the 3-billion plus range at the bare minimum making it one of the world’s largest facial recognition databases.
There is a pay-walled New York Times (here is an unwalled version : https://dnyuz.com/2020/01/18/the-secretive-company-that-might-end-privacy-as-we-know-it/) article about Clearview A.I today, another free article can be found here: https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2020/jan/18/clearview-ai-facial-recogniton-records/
Here is a Florida report that shows Clearview A.I. in action – https://www.wftv.com/news/local/florida-law-enforcement-agencies-use-facial-recognition-identify-alleged-thief/SGHPUGB5W5CX3FYVSLU7P6EV7I/
This is the beginning of the fair/not fair social credit system in the USA I offered in my predictions for 2020.
If you don’t see the problem with this sort of technology being used by law enforcement and government agencies, then you are not thinking about it in the right way. The boundaries of security have already eclipsed the rights of privacy – this escalates things considerably.