A state court has cleared the way for Vermont’s legal challenge against Clearview AI. The facial recognition firm asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that the challenge was vague and it has a First Amendment right to collect and utilize public images for its database. The judge denied the motion.
- Earlier this year, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan sued Clearview, saying its practices violate state consumer protection laws and expose Vermonters to unwanted surveillance.
- A judge denied Clearview's motion to dismiss, allowing the suit to move forward. The judge said Clearview isn't protected by Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act, or CDA, which protects companies like Twitter and Facebook from what people post on their platforms.
- In an interview with Inside.com founder Jason Calacanis, Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That said the facial recognition firm has signed deals with over 2,400 police departments, which use its technology and database to find potential suspects.
- In May, Clearview said it would no longer sell to private companies. The company also announced it would cease all operations in Canada, which is investigating the firm.