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After Clearview AI scandal, Commission 'in close contact' with EU data authorities

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The European Commission is in consultation with EU data protection authorities following the news that US technology firm Clearview AI has scraped more than three billion facial images from social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, without obtaining the permission of users. It has also transpired following an investigation by Buzzfeed news that the company wants to expand its service to the European market, with nine European countries including Italy, Greece, and the Netherlands as potential partners. Meanwhile, EURACTIV has been informed by a US official that Clearview AI is not a member of the 2016 EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, which obliges American companies to protect personal data belonging to EU citizens, according to EU standards and consumer rights. Clearview AI has not as yet disclosed whether any of the images have been harvested from EU citizens. If this were to be the case, the software may violate the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, Article 4 (14) of which covers the processing of biometric data.


Clearview AI loses entire database of faceprint-buying clients to hackers

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Clearview AI, the controversial facial recognition startup that's gobbled up more than three billion of our photos by scraping social media sites and any other publicly accessible nook and cranny it can find, has lost its entire list of clients to hackers – including details about its many law enforcement clients. In a notification that The Daily Beast reviewed, the company told its customers that an intruder "gained unauthorized access" to its list of customers, to the number of user accounts they've set up, and to the number of searches they've run. The disclosure also claimed that Clearview's servers hadn't been breached and that there was "no compromise of Clearview's systems or network." The company said that it's patched the unspecified hole that let the intruder in, and that whoever it was didn't manage to get their hands on customers' search histories. Security is Clearview's top priority.


Clearview AI, which has facial recognition database of 3 billion images, faces data theft

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Facial recognition software firm Clearview AI, which has been criticized for scraping together a database of as many as 3 billion online images, has been hit with a data breach. The New York-based firm apparently had its list of customers including numerous law enforcement agencies stolen, according to The Daily Beast, which first reported the incident. The news site reported it had obtained a notice sent to Clearview's customers that an intruder had "gained unauthorized access" to its customer list, the number of searches customers have conducted and other data. Clearview said in the notice that the company's servers were not breached and that there was "no compromise of Clearview's systems or network." Video game legacy:Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the'Konami Code' for video games, has died However, Clearview's attorney Tor Ekeland said, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, "Security is Clearview's top priority. Unfortunately, data breaches are part of life in the 21st century. Our servers were never accessed. We patched the flaw, and continue to work to strengthen our security."


Clearview AI Reports Breach of Customer List

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Facial recognition company Clearview AI notified customers that an intruder had gained "unauthorized access" to its entire list of customers, The Daily Beast reports. Clearview gained widespread attention in recent weeks after a wave of media coverage, starting with The New York Times in January. The company stands out from others due to its use of a database of over 3 billion photos the firm constructed by scraping images from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks and websites. Clearview sells its product to law enforcement clients particularly in the U.S. The company's app allows a customer to point their phone's camera at a subject, or upload a photo into the system. Then, the system provides links to other photos and related social media profiles of the suspected person online.


Democratic senator presses facial recognition company after reports of law enforcement collaboration

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Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report -- President Trump on trial MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday sent a series of questions to the CEO of Clearview AI after reports that the company has been selling facial recognition software with an expansive database to law enforcement. The New York Times first reported over the weekend that more than 600 law enforcement agencies have started working with Clearview, which claims to have a database of more than 3 billion photos, in the last year. "Any technology with the ability to collect and analyze individuals' biometric information has alarming potential to impinge on the public's civil liberties and privacy," Markey wrote in the letter to CEO Hoan Ton-That. "Clearview's product appears to pose particularly chilling privacy risks, and I am deeply concerned that it is capable of fundamentally dismantling Americans' expectation that they can move, assemble, or simply appear in public without being identified," he continued. According to the Times, Clearview has built its software by scraping major social media platforms and allowing users to upload photos of strangers.