LAPD Bans Use of Commercial Facial Recognition Software
Posted on November 18th, 2020 by Kyle Torpey and filed under Online Privacy.
According to Buzzfeed News, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has banned the use of third-party facial recognition software like Clearview AI.
The LAPD will still use an internal facial recognition system that relies on images of suspects from when they were booked.
Clearview AI has built a database of billions of photos for facial recognition scans via scrapping social media and other websites for photos of real people.
Buzzfeed News previously reported that 2,200 law enforcement departments, private companies, and government agencies in 27 countries have used Clearview AI. Documents indicated that the software was used by 25 LAPD employees in a three-month period starting in late 2019.
The LAPD declined to comment on whether the use of Clearview AI has ever led to any arrests.
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