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Clearview AI's client list stolen

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1. Clearview AI, the company that created a facial recognition database for law enforcement, confirmed that its client list was stolen in a data breach. The Daily Beast first obtained a memo that was sent to the company's customers; the memo reads that an unidentified intruder gained “unauthorized access” to Clearview's entire client list, which is made up of federal and state law enforcement agencies that pay to access Clearview's restricted database and face recognition tech. The breach, which did not involve the more than 3 billion photos scraped from social media for the database, also accessed each client's number of user accounts and their number of searches. The company - which first gained notoriety when the New York Times published a story about its secretive nature and privacy implications - said its servers weren't breached and there its network and systems weren't compromised. "We patched the flaw, and continue to work to strengthen our security," Clearview said in a statement. - ARS TECHNICA

Why it matters: As today's Inside Social newsletter notes, the breach has the potential to increase anxieties "over the privacy-violating monster this company has created." Law enforcement agencies who utilize its database might be worried about the company's security flaws, especially since some may not want the public to know that they use it.

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