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posted by janrinok on Wednesday May 11, @04:46AM   Printer-friendly
from the about-face dept.

Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to restrict the use of its massive collection of face images to settle allegations that it collected people's photos without their consent:

The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling access to its face database to private businesses or individuals around the U.S., putting a limit on what it can do with its ever-growing trove of billions of images pulled from social media and elsewhere on the internet.

The settlement — which must be approved by a county judge in Chicago — will end a 2-year-old lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups over alleged violations of an Illinois digital privacy law. The company still faces a separate privacy case before a federal judge in Illinois.

Clearview is also agreeing to stop making its database available to Illinois state government and local police departments for five years. The New York-based company will continue offering its services to federal agencies, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and to other law enforcement agencies and government contractors outside of Illinois.

[...] The settlement document says Clearview continues to deny and dispute the claims brought by the ACLU and other plaintiffs. But even before Monday's settlement, the case has been curtailing some of the company's controversial business practices.

Also at The Guardian, CNN, TechCrunch, ACLU.

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Why Facial Recognition Technology Has an Uncertain Future with Small Business


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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Thursday May 12, @04:56PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Thursday May 12, @04:56PM (#1244462)

    Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to say they restrict the use of its massive collection of face images

    These kinds of agreements, without rigorous enforcement, are just lip service.

    Clearview is also agreeing to stop making its database available to Illinois state government and local police departments for five years. The New York-based company will continue offering its services to federal agencies, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and to other law enforcement agencies and government contractors outside of Illinois.

    Notice what they didn't agree to: Under these rules, there's nothing at all stopping the Illinois state or local police departments from asking nicely for either the feds or a neighboring state to use Clearview and tell them the results of that search.

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