Clearview AI’s controversial facial recognition

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Ukraine has started using facial recognition to help uncover Russian aggressors, combat disinformation and identify the dead. And not just any one, but the software from Clearview AI, the American startup specialized in facial recognition that is being investigated for a possible violation of privacy and data protection regulations.

As explained Reuters, the Ukrainian defense minister has confirmed that his government began using this tool last Saturday. A powerful software capable of recognizing faces that they can use for freesince they have been offered free access.

Facial recognition arrives on the battlefield

For now end use not clear of Clearview AI facial recognition. The Ukrainian government has only confirmed that they have access to this technology, but it is early to see for what purpose it will be applied.

Sources close to the US company point out that the authorities can use this facial recognition to veto people at the different checkpoints. To get an idea of ​​the capacity of Clearview AI, they have more than 10,000 million images of facesused to train your detection engine.

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This gigantic database can help identify the dead more easily, even with facial damage. An alternative to fingerprint identification, which requires more work.

As explained by the US Department of Energy, Clearview’s technology could be used to unite refugees separated from their families, but also from an enemy point of view, such as identifying Russian agents or help the government debunk fake posts.

Organizations against facial recognition such as stop have pointed out that using facial recognition to recognize deceased is one of the least dangerous implementations, but that “once you introduce these systems and the associated databases into a war zone, you have no control over how it will be used or if it will be misused”.

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Ukraine has started using facial recognition to help uncover Russian aggressors, combat disinformation and identify the dead. And not just…

Ukraine has started using facial recognition to help uncover Russian aggressors, combat disinformation and identify the dead. And not just…

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