It’s called Clearview AI. It’s a start-up that has created a revolutionary facial recognition app, capable – says The New York Times – of “putting an end to privacy as we know it”. The app allows you to trace from a single photo of a person to all public photos of the person concerned or interested, including links to where the photos appear. A very powerful tool that “goes beyond what was ever created by the U.S. government or the giants of Silicon Valley”.
The New York Times’ description of the app comes while the European Union is considering banning facial recognition in public places for up to five years until rules are defined to protect privacy. Police in the United States, but also the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, already use the Clearview app, with which they can potentially identify anyone while getting their hands on their information. Clearview was founded by Hoan Ton-That and Richard Schwartz, one of Rudolph Giuliani’s advisors when he was mayor of New York. His initial financial supporters include Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind Facebook and Palantir.