Clearview AI facial recognition is coming to schools

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Clearview AI facial recognition is coming to schools

Pixabay Despite its controversial reputation and convictions, the American company is now breaking into the private education sector.

The United Kingdom followed the example of Italy, Australia and France, by sanctioning the giant of facial recognition Clearview AI for illicit collection of personal data. But despite its controversial reputation and convictions, the American company is making inroads into the private education sector in the United States, among others.

Facial recognition for access to physical or digital spaces

Clearview is gradually being adopted by private companies as part of user identity validation, with their consent. For this offer aimed at the private sector, only the photos freely provided by users are analyzed, and the company ensures that it does not use the data afterwards.

Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That said in late May that a US company providing security services to schools had signed up for the business offer, along with a Colombian bank, which is about to deploy this technology as part of customer authentication. Quoted by the media specialized in digital The Register, the CEO of Clearview affirmed on May 25 that his solution is valid, and could make it possible to prevent crime and financial fraud.

Do without such technologies to regulation more respectful of freedoms

Critics of this intrusive automatic facial recognition technology point out that the database that was used to form the Clearview software included hundreds of millions of photos downloaded without authorization from social media.

As Nathan Freed Wessler, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, explains, “regulators must have the right to force companies to abandon algorithms that benefited from and used the disputed data”. According to him, to accompany the regulation of facial recognition, boycotting private companies choosing this type of service “is an important means of deterrence”.