Clearview AI, the surveillance firm notoriously known for harvesting some 20 billion face scans off of public social media searches, said it may bring its technology to schools and other private businesses.
The company revealed it’s working with a U.S. company selling visitor management systems to schools. Other facial recognition competitors have spent years trying to bring the tech to schools with varying levels of success and pushback. New York state even moved to ban facial recognition in schools two years ago.
the company outlined a path toward an apparent one-to-one face match verification method that could be used in schools, banks, and other private firms as part of its new “Clearview Consent” product. This new, modified approach marks a departure from Clearview’s infamous one-to-many facial recognition standard, which attempts to verify the identity of individuals against its hulking database of faces, a surveillance method decried by privacy groups and lawmakers alike. Recent regulations targeting that specific aspect of Clearview’s business have likely made Clearview’s appetite for change all the more palatable.