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CEO speaks out about Clearview AI's controversial facial recognition technology

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Critics say that a controversial start up poses a new and profound threat to everyone's privacy with its facial recognition technology so we spoke to the CEO and his first network TV interview Clearview A. I. co founder and co executive his name is one contact showed our era were not just how easy it is to find images of him the cutting edge software can identify people by comparing your pictures to billions of images clear view has scraped from the social media and the internet Errol Barnett is here in the studio with more on this I I C. E. O. says he wants you to trust him he's trying to gain the public's trust here the thirty one year old says his company's facial recognition technology is only available to law enforcement and is to be used to identify potential criminals there are serious questions about whether his software is too invasive right now we have you know billions and billions of images from the millions of different websites all across the open internet this is what clear view a eyes database would look like to law enforcement says found a one time tax if for example they were searching for me I mean I'm gonna say it slightly unnerving seeing someone able to scroll through so many images of my face but you have to remember that this is only use for investigations after the fact this is not a twenty four seven surveillance system contact says his artificial intelligence program can identify someone from an image in seconds it matches faces of unknown people to their online photos and the sights the images originally came from the results he says on ninety nine point six percent accurate would you like to have a great show when we tried out the company's phone app even covering half my face it's still worked on the first try yeah contact says clear view has three billion images in its database source for millions of websites and social media platforms and a method known as scraping wide editor in chief Nick Thompson says facial recognition raises sobering moral and ethical questions in order to build it you have to scrape a lot of public information in ways that may be legal but it certainly goes against the terms of service of companies like Facebook and Twitter secondly this is really creepy and the big companies who have the data already haven't wanted to do it YouTube Facebook Venlo and Twitter told CBS news scraping as against their policies last night Google and YouTube send clear view is cease and desist letter and this comes weeks after toward it did the same demanding cleave you stop scraping pictures from that platform and delete any data taken are you aiming to comply with Twitter our legal counsel has reached out to them and are handling it accordingly but there is also a first amendment right to public information so the way we have built our system is to only take publicly available information an index of that way and you believe you have a first amendment right completely accessible yes Cleve you says more than six hundred law enforcement agencies across the country use this software but wouldn't say how many of free trial subscriptions

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