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Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns


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Artist's reperesentation of the facial recognition process.

At least 42 law enforcement agencies in Minnesota reportedly used Clearview AI facial recognition software, according to a Buzzfeed investigation. Questions about the softwares reliability and legal standing remain in limbo, according to law enforcement, artificial intelligence, and privacy experts.

Credit: West Central Tribune (MN)

Clearview AI is a web-based platform that allows users to submit pictures for possible matches in a database of more than 3 billion images pulled from open source websites, including news sites and social media, according to the company's web page.

The company also boasted of a 100% accuracy rate at one point, according to a document obtained by a public records request from Buzzfeed.

However, questions about the software's reliability and legal standing remain in limbo, according to law enforcement and artificial intelligence and privacy experts.

According to the law enforcement agencies the West Central Tribune spoke to, zero percent of the searches led to an arrest.

From West Central Tribune (MN)
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