Now imagine what would happen if aggressive liberal governments got their grubby paws on this kind of private information?
Really makes you think…
Clearview AI told investors it would have 100 billion facial photos in its databases by the end of the year.
The controversial facial recognition company appears intent on expanding its presence and AI knowledge despite regular criticism from lawmakers and privacy advocates over its unethical practices.
Clearview said its immense database would ensure “almost everyone in the world will be identifiable,” according to a December financial presentation discovered by the Washington Post.
The company claims its “index of faces” has grown from 3 billion to 10 billion since 2020. Clearview also alleges its data collection software absorbs 1.5 billion images a month.
The company said it wanted to expand beyond facial scans for law enforcement, monitoring gig economy workers and incorporating technology that would allow Clearview to identify individuals based on fingerprints from afar or even by how they walk.
The document alleging all of these goals was designed for fundraising, making it unclear how accurate or doable the company’s claims or plans are.
The company said it was seeking an additional $50 million from investors, which would help reach its goal of a database with 100 billion faces. It also claimed such funding would help them pay additional lobbyists to encourage the development of “favorable regulation.”
Clearview developed its AI by taking images from other social networks, often without permission from the companies or the photo subjects. Big Tech companies such as Facebook and YouTube have requested Clearview end the practice. However, the company alleges the First Amendment protects their “scraping.”
Privacy advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation have pushed back on this, noting their practices are a serious privacy breach.
The company’s accuracy is among the highest in the AI industry. It ranked in the Top 10 based on an accuracy test run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Clearview has come under scrutiny by lawmakers. A bipartisan group of lawmakers attempted to pass a bill in 2021 that would have restricted law enforcement’s ability to purchase data from Clearview AI. The company also had its entire client list stolen in 2020, revealing it is used by more than 2,000 organizations worldwide.
Are you paying attention yet?
Author: Asa McCue