THE INSTITUTESeveral companies, including Amazon and Clarifai, are working to create reliable facial recognition technology for use by government agencies and law enforcement to catch criminals and find missing children. This month, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by its police force and city agencies.
Grewal said it was “irresponsible” for the company to reveal investigative techniques, and his office sent Clearview a cease-and-desist letter Friday to stop using that footage.Tor Ekeland, a Clearview lawyer, wrote in an email that they would take the video down, and it was no longer at the top of the company’s website Friday evening.Facial-recognition technology has long been used in the state. The Motor Vehicle Commission began using one version almost a decade ago to hunt for fraud, and a state report credited the tool with hundreds of arrests.But that effort relied on a government database. Clearview uses the “open web,” according to the company, which can mean photos pulled from your public social media accounts. Clearview’s database adds millions of faces every day, according to an internal document.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras.
An unknown number of New Jersey cops have used that database.Clifton Lt. Robert Bracken said their department used a free trial, but had not purchased it.
“It’s just like any tool, it’s used to develop leads,” he said. “But those leads have to be vetted.”State Police use a different version of the technology, while Newark has never used any facial recognition, according to a spokesperson.
The company did not respond to questions about how many other agencies have tried it, or how they’re protecting the data.
Grewal said he asked county prosecutors to figure out what agencies have used Clearview.Regarding the 19 arrests that Clearview took credit for, Grewal said the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office did use a subscription to the service during that investigation. When men sent photos to undercover officers posing as children online, investigators ran those photos in Clearview’s database to identify them, which let them check if the men had criminal histories or owned guns.That won’t happen again until police know more about how Clearview gets and protects its data, Grewal told NJ Advance Media. He added that he is not “categorically opposed” to the technology in general.
Clearview’s tactics have sparked a backlash. Twitter recently sent the group a cease-and-desist letter, according to a spokesperson, demanding that Clearview “delete all data” and “return or destroy any Twitter material” shared with outsiders.Facebook and LinkedIn also prohibit groups from “scraping” their information, and spokespeople said they are reviewing Clearview’s actions for possible violations.
However, this claim has been described as misleading by an independent report into the force's use of the technology, commissioned by the Met itself and revealed by Sky News, which found the technology was actually 81% inaccurate .Ms Morley's figures do not account for false negatives, but also misrepresent the number of false positives compared to accurate positives.
While people can ask Clearview to remove their photo, the company notes that requesters need to hold the copyright to the photo. Generally, only the person who takes a photo owns the copyright.
Critics have raised concerns that facial-recognition technology can be abused. Sarah Fajardo, policy director for the ACLU in New Jersey, said the tool can lead to “constant, warrantless searches,” particularly because of the lack of regulation.In November, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced a federal bill to ban the technology in public housing.Blake Nelson can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @BCunninghamN.
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