Clearview AI is bringing facial recognition to schools

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Clearview AI, the monitoring company remarkably known as Harvest About 20 billion face scans from public searches on social media said it could bring its technology to schools and other private businesses.

at Interview With Reuters on Tuesday, the company revealed that it is working with a US company to sell visitor management systems to schools. This revelation came around the same time as terrifying shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, tragically killing 19 children and two teachers. Although Clearview won’t provide more details about education-related companies to Gizmodo, other facial recognition competitors have spent years Attempt To bring technology into schools with varying levels of success and resistance. Until the state of New York moved to ban Facial recognition in schools two years ago.

In a press release Wednesday, the company the summary A path towards a straightforward method of face-to-face conformity verification that can be used in schools, banks and other private companies as part ofClearview Approvalproduct. Clearview says it is seeking to sell the facial recognition tool to businesses that are disconnected from its massive database of faces. In theory, this means that private companies can use Clearview as a 1:1 authentication tool. Before creating an online account, checking in a passenger at the airport, or protecting against financial fraud.

“Today, FRT is used to unlock your phone, verify your identity, board a plane, get into a building, and even pay,” Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That said in a statement. “Now, we are giving companies that use facial recognition as part of their consent-based workflow access to Clearview AI’s superior and industry-leading FRT algorithm, bringing a higher level of security and protection to the market.”

Clearview has not commented on how many companies have expressed interest in the program.

This new, modified approach marks a departure from Clearview’s infamous one-to-many facial recognition standard, which attempts to verify the identity of individuals against its hulking database of faces, a surveillance method decried by privacy groups and legislators Both. Recent regulations targeting It is possible that this specific aspect of Clearview’s business has made Clearview’s appetite for change more palatable.

Clearview’s revised verification policy It said It has gained traction with an app-based Colombian lending company called Vaale that uses it to match users’ selfies with their IDs. Other face matching companies, such as ID.meuse something like a file Similar approach To verify the identities of users trying to access US government websites. Privacy advocates generally prefer the inherently more restrictive, content-dependent 1:1 face-matching nature than the wilder, one-sided monitoring confession. However, groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation warn that face matching still poses its own long list of potential problemss.

“All forms of face matching raise serious digital rights concerns, including face identification, verification, tracking and aggregation,” Bennett Cypher, Adam Schwartz and EFF Nathan Sheard Write. “If an unknown face print is similar enough to any of the known face prints, the system will return a possible match. This is often known as “face recognition.”

“Using facial recognition as a preventative measure means fewer crimes and fewer victims,” Tun said. Ultimately, Clearview Consent aims to make everyday consumers feel more secure in a world riddled with crime and fraud.

Clearview had to adapt

Clearview pivoted towards a database-free version of its technology It comes partly out of necessity. Walls have begun to close across the country in recent months, with new restrictions and government opposition threatening to cancel its essential product offerings. Just this week, the UK government ordered Clearview to disinfect face scans of all UK faces and pay a £7.5m fine for violating the country’s privacy rules. became the United Kingdom the fourth country asks Clearview has ceased operations in recent years

Shortly before that, Clearview hit a settlement With the American Civil Liberties Union, which isClearview is strictly prohibited from selling access to its US database. That settlement threatened to throw a wrench in Clearview’s ambitions to expand beyond general government partnerships. on timePrivacy advocates such as Surveillance Technology Watch project executive director Albert Fox Kahn told Gizmodo that the settlement represented a “civil rights milestone.”