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1 Jun 2020

Davey Alba, The New York Times

USA: NGO sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI for violating privacy through data mining activities

"A.C.L.U. Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy ‘Nightmare Scenario,'" 28 May 2020

…[T]he A.C.L.U. said that Clearview violated a state law that forbids companies from using a resident’s fingerprints or face scans without consent.

…According to the A.C.L.U. suit, “Clearview has set out to do what many companies have intentionally avoided out of ethical concerns: create a mass database of billions of face prints of people, including millions of Illinoisans, entirely unbeknownst to those people, and offer paid access…to private and governmental actors.”

 …“Clearview AI is a search engine that uses only publicly available images accessible on the internet,” Tor Ekeland, a lawyer for Clearview, said in a statement. “It is absurd that the A.C.L.U. wants to censor which search engines people can use to access public information on the internet.”

…The A.C.L.U. said the lawsuit would compel a facial recognition company to answer to groups representing sexual assault survivors, undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable communities uniquely harmed by surveillance.…[a study] found that most commercial facial recognition systems exhibited bias, falsely identifying African-American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more than Caucasian faces.

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Civil society & social media companies raise human rights concerns about Clearview AI's online mining of data & potential expansion plans

Clearview AI lawsuit (re consent over scanning of online photos, USA)