January 25, 2020 – In Breaking News – NJ .com
The state attorney general is ordering all New Jersey police to stop using a powerful new facial-recognition technology that’s pulling millions of photos from social media.
The order was issued Friday to county prosecutors, concerning a New York-based company called Clearview AI.
“Like many people, I was troubled,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said about the company’s techniques, which were first reported by The New York Times.
Clearview promotes itself as an effective way to track down dangerous people.
It takes partial credit for the recent arrests in New Jersey of 19 men who police say tried to lure children for sex.
The company’s main promotional video even featured Grewal and two state troopers at an October press conference about that operation.
Grewal said it was “irresponsible” for the company to reveal investigative techniques, and his office sent Clearview a cease-and-desist letter Friday to stop using that footage.
Tor Ekeland, a Clearview lawyer, wrote in an email that they would take the video down, and it was no longer at the top of the company’s website Friday evening.
(Tech facial recognition Clearview AI artificial intelligence app. Courtesy of CBS Los Angeles and YouTube. Posted on Jan 24, 2020.)
Facial-recognition technology has long been used in the state.
The Motor Vehicle Commission began using one version almost a decade ago to hunt for fraud, and a state report credited the tool with hundreds of arrests.
But that effort relied on a government database. Clearview uses the “open web,” according to the company, which can mean photos pulled from your public social media accounts.
Clearview’s database adds millions of faces every day, according to an internal document.
An unknown number of New Jersey cops have used that database.
Clifton Lt. Robert Bracken said their department used a free trial, but had not purchased it.
“It’s just like any tool, it’s used to develop leads,” he said. “But those leads have to be vetted.”
State Police use a different version of the technology, while Newark has never used any facial recognition, according to a spokesperson.
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