Clearview AI Rises After Capitol Attack
Clearview AI Rises After Capitol Attack

Clearview AI CEO said law enforcement increased the company's facial recognition technology by 26% the day after a pro-Trump group attacked the Capitol.

According to a New York Times report, Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That confirmed that usage of the company increased significantly on January 7 compared to the usual weekday search volume.

The news channel broadcast the January 6 attack live, capturing hundreds of photos and broadcasting live, showing the faces of rioters who had infiltrated the Capitol.

The FBI and other agencies ask the public to help them identify participants.

"We are reviewing any photos or videos available from anywhere," said Armando Aguilar, deputy commissioner of the Miami Police Department in charge of the investigation.

Two investigators from the Division's Real-Time Crime Center are using Clearview AI technology to identify rioters and send potential correspondence to the FBI's Joint Counterterrorism Task Force office in Miami.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Alabama Police Department also used Clearview AI to identify faces in riot photos and send the information to the FBI.

When managers conduct their research, the app provides links to websites that show the person's face, and the company's technology is controversial due to its effectiveness.

In contrast to the facial recognition by the authorities, the following photos were used: driver's license photos and police photos of the arrested. The Clearview AI database has collected around 3 billion photos from other social media platforms and websites. The newspaper's investigation revealed that.

Not only does collecting pictures from social media create serious privacy concerns, but it also violates the platform's rules. After the investigation, tech companies have sent several "stop and go" orders to Clearview AI.

The company announced in May that it would no longer sell its technology to private companies, but would only ship it to law enforcement agencies.

According to the company, Clearview AI technology has been used by nearly 2,400 law enforcement agencies in the United States.

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