It was created with the intention of compiling billions of photos for use alongside facial recognition technology - a controversial idea, with many tech companies having previously refrained from using such software in order to avoid it being misused. Clearview's customers comprise mostly law enforcement agencies in the US and overseas, and a few companies like Macy's and Best Buy. The intruder also gained access to the number of user accounts each customer had set up, and to the number of times each customer searched Clearview's database.
"While the RCMP generally does not disclose specific tools and technologies used in the course of its investigations, in the interest of transparency, we can confirm that we recently started to use and explore Clearview AI's facial recognition technology in a limited capacity", read the statement. "Unfortunately, data breaches are part of life in the 21st century", the firm's lawyer Tor Ekeland said in a statement. Our servers were never accessed. The report alleged that the company scraped three billion images from online sources, including Facebook and YouTube.
A Clearview AI spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that the breach, first reported by The Daily Beast, included the company's entire list of customers. Between the two agencies, it seems that the US Department of Homeland Security are big believers in Clearview AI, which makes the hesitancy from the presidential administration to put sweeping facial recognition technology regulations into effect a lot more understandable.
The secretive facial recognition database ripped straight out of dystopian fiction, Clearview AI, was the victim of a massive security breach. He added that the corporate continues to strengthen its safety procedures and that the flaw has been patched. It is now fighting legal battles with Google, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook as it used their user data.
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"Let's face it: How long has Clearview been on the radar for the media?" But fortunately, the intruder wasn't able to access the database of those images. For instance, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn have all sent cease and desist letters to the company.
Facial recognition startup ClearviewAI reportedly has thousands of clients from numerous industries, including the FBI, Interpol, the National Basketball Association and Walmart.
"What we have is some investigators that used an application that was presented to them at different conferences, that's being used by other agencies and being marketed as a lawn enforcement tool", Driechel said.
Many clients are also based overseas, including law enforcement agencies across Europe and Asia, as well as entities such as the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).