Clearview, a face recognition app, sold to US police
According to the company’s statement, there are currently over 600 government institutions using the system. Clearview AI claims, that the algorithm is capable to identify a person precisely in 75% of all cases. No independent tests were carried out, so whether this is true is unknown. However, policemen reported that the system is efficient.
Several commentators, including the New York Times, have noted, that the app’s data collection is violating social media’s policies. Clearview AI has responded by stating, that it is only using open source images, and that users can change their privacy settings and be exempt from the algorithm. Facebook is currently investigating the issue.