Hundreds of law enforcement agencies using new facial recognition app with 3 billion image database

Mail Online | 1/18/2020 | Maxine Shen For Dailymail.com
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More than 600 police departments are reportedly using a new using facial recognition app capable of comparing uploaded photos with three billion images in its database culled from social media and other websites.

Clearview AI allows users to take a photo of a person and upload it to the app, which then matches it up to to publicly-available photos of that person, displaying those images along with links to where they appeared online.

Photos - People - Database - Clearview - Outlets

The publicly-available photos of people are said to be in a database that Clearview pulled together from outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but also Venmo, YouTube, employment and educational websites and supposedly millions of other online sites.

Traditionally, law enforcement agencies use facial recognition software that primarily searches government images like mugshots and driver's license pictures.

Report - New - York - Times - Clearview

In a new report by the New York Times, Clearview's system is said to go 'far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.'

The report said that the app's computer code allows it be used in conjunction with augmented-reality glasses, potentially allowing anyone with the app to use it to identify anybody they see.

Clearview - Activists - Rallies - Passersby - Names

Clearview could be used to identify activists at rallies, but also random, attractive passersby, providing not just names and addresses, but also what they do and who they know, according to the newspaper.

The app's website states that the technology is a 'new research tool used by law enforcement agencies to identify perpetrators and victims of crimes' and that it has helped those agencies capture hundreds of criminals, while also exonerating innocent people and helping to identify the victims of crimes.

Moment - Law - Enforcement - Organizations - Access

At the moment, it appears that only law enforcement organizations are invited to request access to the app.

Clearview told the New York Times that more than 600...
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