Clearview AI said it is expanding sales of its facial recognition software to companies outside of law enforcement.
Regulatory probes are threatening Clearview's business from helping police identify people using social media images, while the settlement of an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit bans sales of this capability to corporate clients.
Clearview's new private-sector service matches people to ID photos and other data collected with subjects' consent, in order to authenticate identities for physical or digital access. Colombian application-based lending startup Vaale said it would use Clearview to match selfies to user-uploaded ID photos, while Clearview's Hoan Ton-That said a U.S. vendor of visitor management systems to schools also had signed up.
Clearview claims training its facial recognition software on public images mitigates racial bias and other errors, but ACLU lawyer Nathan Freed Wessler called using illegally harvested data to develop such algorithms inappropriate.
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