Clearview AI offers to help US federal and state agencies with contact tracing


The controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI, which came to public attention for scraping billions of photos off social media sites to create a comprehensive facial recognition system, says it has offered to help US federal and three state agencies with contact tracing. The company claims its technology could use the cameras already in place to identify people in surveillance video in restaurants or stores where they may have come into contact with others who subsequently test positive for the virus. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) responded to the reports by demanding that the company reveal which agencies it has spoken with as well as the nature and methodology of any work the company might do in a contact tracing programme.

Writer: Jacob Ward and Chiara Sottile
Publication: NBC News


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