NYPD Leveraged Clearview AI – a Controversial Facial Recognition Technology
Many people are against the use of the NYPD’s utilization of facial recognition technology on New Yorkers.
The Legal Aid Society has released records revealing insight into the NYPD’s utilization of a controversial facial technology – Clearview AI. The Legal Aid Society unveiled reports available in a public records request, showing email exchanges from the NYPD and Clearview AI from late 2018 to mid-2020.
The NYPD has previously made light of its relationship with Clearview AI and its utilization of the organization’s innovation. However, the emails show that the connection between them was well developed, with an enormous number of cops conducting a high volume of searches with the application and utilizing them in real investigations. The NYPD has run more than 5,100 searches with Clearview AI.
The document showed different commands within the NYPD utilized Clearview AI on cases, notwithstanding an earlier case to the New York Post in actuality. Truth be told, an individual from the NYPD’s Identity Theft Squad indexed “success stories”. It stays obscure whether any of this data was unveiled to defense attorneys on the legal cases where Clearview AI was utilized.
Further, roughly 50 individuals from the NYPD had access or an account with Clearview AI during the time span the records cover. The positions of individuals utilizing or guiding others to utilize Clearview goes from police officer to deputy commissioner, including a record being made for Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter terrorism John Miller, at the evident solicitation of the Deputy Inspector of the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force
A controversial facial recognition tool intended for policing has been discreetly implemented in the nation with practically no public oversight. As indicated by reporting and information evaluated by BuzzFeed News, more than 7,000 people from almost 2,000 public agencies across the country have utilized Clearview AI to look through a large number of Americans’ faces, searching for individuals, including Black Lives Matter dissenters, Capitol insurrectionists, petty criminals, and their own loved ones.
BuzzFeed News has built up a searchable table of 1,803 publicly-funded agencies whose workers are recorded in the information as having utilized or tried the controversial policing tool before February 2020. These incorporate neighborhood and state police, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Air Force, state medical services associations, offices of state attorneys general, and even public schools.
The NYPD revealed to BuzzFeed News and the New York Post already that it had “no institutional relationship” with Clearview AI, “officially or informally.” The office unveiled that it had tested Clearview AI, yet the emails show that the technology was utilized throughout a sustained time span by countless individuals who finished a high volume of searches in real legal cases.
Earlier in 2019, a report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) revealed widespread abuse of the New York Police Department’s facial recognition system, including image alteration and the utilization of non-suspect pictures. In one case, officials uploaded an image of the entertainer Woody Harrelson, in view of a witness description of a suspect who resembled Harrelson. The search created a match, and the matched suspect was subsequently arrested for petty larceny.
Jonathan McCoy, of the Legal Aid Society, says it’s problematic that the service of Clearview AI was engaged. “It’s our belief that facial recognition technology right now is too unreliable, to serve as a basis for either generating investigative leads by the police, or use any judicial proceeding,” said McCoy.
The issue has left numerous advocacy groups approaching lawmakers to boycott the public authority’s utilization of facial recognition technology on New Yorkers.