Clearview AI, a facial recognition company that contracts with law enforcement agencies, recently announced that an intruder accessed its entire client list.
According to The New York Times, the organization has scraped three billion images from the internet, including from Facebook, YouTube, and Venmo. Law enforcement officials have turned to Clearview for help, particularly to identify the victims of child sexual abuse.
Clearview AI told customers that a third party "gained unauthorized access" to its list of customers; the number of user accounts those customers had set up; and the number of searches its customers have conducted. The notification said that no law enforcement agencies' search histories were compromised.
The organization stated that the intruder, which it did not call a hacker, had not breached its servers or compromised its systems or network. It said that it fixed the vulnerability that allowed the unauthorized access. Betsy Swan "Facial-Recognition Company That Works With Law Enforcement Says Entire Client List Was Stolen" thedailybeast.com (Feb. 26, 2020).