RCMP admits to using Clearview AI in online child sex abuse cases

RCMP admits to using Clearview AI in online child sex abuse cases

It was created with the intention of compiling billions of photos for use alongside facial recognition technology - a controversial idea, with many tech companies having previously refrained from using such software in order to avoid it being misused.

The New York Times newspaper reported in January that there were hundreds of law enforcement agencies among the company's customers in the US and Canada, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Homeland Security Department.

Careful not to call the breach a hack, the company notified its customers on Wednesday that the intruder stole its list of users, the numbers of accounts tied to those users, and to the number of searches its users have conducted.

Clearview AI, the high-profile and controversial facial recognition company, has admitted that its entire client list has been stolen.

"Security is Clearview's top priority", said Tor Ekeland, an attorney for Clearview AI, in a statement. "Our servers had been by no means accessed". The Times reported that the corporate scraped three billion photographs from the web, together with from Facebook, YouTube, and Venmo.

In a notification despatched to prospects obtained by Daily Beast, Clearview AI mentioned that an intruder "gained unauthorized entry" to its buyer record, which incorporates police forces, regulation enforcement companies, and banks.

The company is already being sued by Google and YouTube over facial recognition data collection.

Clearview AI, the controversial company working with police departments across the U.S., says its client list was stolen by someone with "unauthorized access". A spokesperson for the exchange told BuzzFeed that it was testing Clearview due to its "unique needs around security and compliance".

Following the Times' exposé, New Jersey barred police from using the Clearview app.

But numerous companies have strongly opposed Clearview AI deleting its images for its database.

Several social media sites had sent cease-and-desist letters to the company.

"Only trained victim identification specialists in the NCECC use the software primarily to help identify, locate and rescue children who have been or are victims of online sexual abuse".

Clearview's client base is mostly made up of law enforcement agencies including police departments in Toronto, Atlanta and Florida.

The chief noted Halton police is working with other police services to introduce facial recognition technology to a national mug shot database so suspect images can be efficiently and quickly checked against those mug shots for a match. Canada's privacy agencies are also investigating Clearview to determine if its technology violates the country's privacy laws, the agencies said on Friday.

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