Facial recognition startup Clearview AI will add new compliance features and training to make sure law enforcement uses the technology ethically. One feature would require officers to enter case numbers and crime for each suspect search for better auditing, CEO Hoan Ton-That said during today's Wall Street Journal Tech Live conference.
- Ton-That said individual police departments will still have to enforce rules and monitor police officers who use the software, which matches suspect's photos to a Clearview database made up of public photos scraped from the internet.
- The company has faced scrutiny for what critics say is a violation of privacy laws by using people's photos without their consent. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have all sent cease-and-desist orders to prevent Clearview from scraping their sites.
- All data that Clearview collects is publicly available, Ton-That said at the conference. He emphasized that the startup no longer provides database access to private companies. He said the technology "is here to stay.”
- About 2,400 law-enforcement agencies, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, use Clearview's technology. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security uses Clearview's facial recognition to identify children who are victims of pedophiles, for example. It could still be used to search for undocumented immigrants or whatever the agency chooses to do, Ton-That acknowledged.