ACLU Sues Clearview AI Over Faceprint Collection and Sale
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued Clearview AI, a New-York based biometrics startup, for their collection of facial identification data on billions of people and selling it to third parties without their consent or knowledge. The group filed the lawsuit on the behalf of a number of organizations comprised of vulnerable communities, such as sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, for violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
Since its formation, Clearview has been collecting unique biometric identifiers that are of a similar nature to fingerprint or DNA collection and then redistributing the highly sensitive information to private companies, federal agencies, and wealthy individuals. This allows these entities to track and target who they which through the use of Clearview AI’s strong facial recognition data.