A new company called Clearview AI is causing ethical questions with our right to privacy. According to CNN, Clearview has been working with law enforcement to help match surveillance photos with people online to help make arrests. They have received cease and desists from numerous companies like Twitter and Facebook, who were seemingly unaware of this issue.
The founder, Hoan Ton-That seems unfazed by the backlash and is excited to jump into a deeper conversation about AI and privacy, according to CNN.
The New York Times first broke the story at the end of January and much is still unknown about how this will play out. The biggest concern is that, “the company claims to have scraped more than 3 billion photos from the internet, including from popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Not only that, but Clearview retains those photos in its database even after users delete them from the platforms or make their accounts private,” writes CNN.
This indecent raises a lot of ethical and political questions about the future of privacy.