A software startup that scraped billions of images from major web services — including Facebook, Google, and YouTube — is selling its tool to law enforcement agencies across the United States.
The point of the tool is to match unknown faces with publicly available photos, thus identifying crime suspects. But the startup, Clearview AI, has faced major criticism for the way it obtains images: By taking them without permission from major services like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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