New Mobile App Provides Full Access to Biography Using Government Databases
The little-known startup project Clearview AI can erase the boundaries of privacy that we protect so much. According to The New York Times, “start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images”.
According to the description of this “tool”, it is able to instantly correlate a stranger’s photo just taken with countless photos on social networks and FBI databases.
“The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants, writes The New York Times.
Obviously, this would be an indispensable and useful tool in the fight against criminals, their search and identification, but on the other hand, there would no longer be an anonymous walk along the street or visiting the park if access was in the wrong hands.
According to company statement "technology is intended only for use by law enforcement and security personnel. It is not intended for use by the general public."
And although this seems reasonable, questions arise about mass surveillance of the US population. Following this, the question arises about the reliability of law enforcements, because we are increasingly encountering news about crimes committed by police representatives and politicians. And although there are no official statistics on police crime, the application does not provide any guarantees against the prevention of abuse of power and official position.
Even politicians do not exclude the potential danger of this application.
CNet reports that in November, two senators introduced a bipartisan bill that would limit how agencies like the FBI and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement could use the tech.
"Facial recognition technology can be a powerful tool for law enforcement officials," one of the senators, Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, said in a statement at the time. "But its very power also makes it ripe for abuse."