Over the weekend, the NY Times released a report titled "The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It" about a company named Clearview AI who is selling facial recognition to police departments.
The main differentiation is that the company's facial recognition cloud service matches against billions of photos from "Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites".
The highly critical report immediately caused alarm and widespread condemnation.
Inside this note, we examine:
- What Clearview AI's "innovation" is
- Comparison to Russia similar service
- What is not innovative
- The legal issues they likely face
- Why this is so powerful
- Detailed examples from a police department
- The confrontation this creates
Feedback to IPVM from a veteran security professional who has used Clearview
- The specific use case this address and the ones it does not