That same intruder also knows how many accounts those organizations set up, as well as how many searches they've conducted in the past. The company claims its servers weren't breached, and that it was able to shore up the vulnerability. Thankfully, it doesn't appear the intruder was able to access Clearview's database of three billion images. "Security is Clearview's top priority," Tor Ekeland, an attorney for the company, told The Daily Beast. "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."
In recent months, Clearview AI has been attacked from all sides by lawmakers, tech giants, and privacy advocates for its business practices, which include scraping public images of people from sites like LinkedIn, Venmo, Facebook, and YouTube. Clearview AI's systems then allow clients to search for people in its database using these scraped images. While several law enforcement agencies are known to use Clearview AI's services, the breach of its entire client list may shed some embarrassment on other organizations who are clients of the company that wish to remain unknown. As of now, however, it looks like Clearview AI's client list hasn't been made public--at least not yet. Clearview AI made the disclosure of the breach in an email to clients, saying an intruder "gained unauthorized access" to the client list.
The controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI says it will stop providing private entities with its technology. According to legal documents first reported by Buzzfeed, the company is ending non-government related contracts in response to class-action lawsuits and scrutiny from regulators. The court documents suggest that Clearview is voluntarily avoiding'transacting with non-governmental customers anywhere.' 'Clearview is cancelling the accounts of every customer who was not either associated with law enforcement or some other federal, state, or local government department, office, or agency,' the company said in a filing Buzzfeed reports that the lawsuit from which the documents stem relate to the companies use of biometric data that is being heard in a being heard in an Illinois federal court. The documents also show that Clearview will cease its contracts with all entities in Illinois as part of the lawsuit.
This time Clearview AI really means it. The problematic facial-recognition company that scraped billions of photos off social media is now claiming that it will not sell its technology to private companies. Of course, Clearview AI has made a similar assertion before -- one that didn't exactly turn out so well. BuzzFeed News got its hands on documents Clearview AI filed Wednesday in response to an Illinois lawsuit. In them, the company reportedly asserts that it will "avoid transacting with non-governmental customers anywhere."