The walls are closing in on Clearview AI as data watchdogs get tough

Europe is working on AI legislation that could ban the use of “real-time” remote biometric identification systems, such as facial recognition, in public places. The current draft of the text prohibits the use of facial recognition by law enforcement unless it is intended to combat serious crimes such as terrorism or kidnapping.

The EU is likely to move further. The EU’s influential data protection watchdogs have called on the bill to publicly ban police use of not only remote biometric identification, but also web-scraped databases such as Clearview AI.

“Clearview AI is rapidly becoming so toxic that no credible law enforcement agency or public authority or other company would want to work with them,” says Ella Jakubowska, who works on European digital rights, facial recognition and biometrics for a digital rights group. doing.

Hoan Ton-That, CEO of Clearview AI, said he was disappointed that the ICO had “misinterpreted my technology and intentions.”

“We collect only public data from the open Internet and comply with all standards of privacy and the law,” he said in a statement sent to the MIT Technology Review.

“I would welcome the opportunity to engage in dialogue with leaders and legislators so that the true value of this technology, which has become so essential to law enforcement, can continue to protect communities,” he added.

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