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As you already know, almost all of us are monitored via surveillance cameras in stores and in the streets, via our means of payment, via our smartphones, our computers, social networks, GPS, tracers etc ... and our personal data is stored in huge Data Center and among them there is among others IQVIA which collects the health data of millions of individuals and then makes commercial processing of it. , in short all this to tell you to pay attention to your traces and activities even if they are legal, despite the fact that the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) protects Europe against Clearview AI , I therefore strongly advise you and more than ever to pay attention to the photos that you put online so as not to expose yourself or your loved ones ...
The facial recognition software developed by the American Hoan Ton-That This Australian guitarist of Vietnamese origin, who joined the United States at the age of 19, has developed an application, called ClearView, which , in exchange for a simple photo of you, is able to find your name, but also in most cases your age, the neighborhood where you live, photos of your relatives, of your sports competitions, as well as those of the family celebration that your great-uncle immortalized five years ago… In short, sometimes even photos that you had forgotten! In fact, the application is able to tap into the content you post on social networks, without having your permission. Extremely effective, therefore, but also formidable since ClearView is used by no less than 600 government agencies, according to the New York Times, which revealed the existence of this application to the general public. This facial recognition tool can put a name on a face in seconds.
In a presentation document, the company explains that its "secret sauce" is "data, mountains of data", specifying that "no other supplier offers an image base of such a size associated with facial recognition technology ”. Whether you are wearing a hat, frowning or covering part of your face, ClearView explains that it can find your trace "in 75% of cases". As a result, in the wake of the New York Times revelations, the Twitter staff demanded ClearView to stop tapping into the photos that subscribers posted on the social network. Will he be heard?
Now 31 years old, Hoan Ton-That was not however destined to be a “Big Brother”, but rather a gifted coder a little schoolboy. Since moving to the United States, he has developed several phishing applications, such as Fastforwarded.com or another allowing Donald Trump's hair to be grafted onto his head.
But, above all, he was able to count on the support and address book of Richard Schwartz, who advised former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. In 2017, Hoan Ton-That professed: “In today's world, the ability to produce public shame or even lead a witch hunt will be very important. "
A concern that goes from Sundar Pichai to Hartmut Rosa
The least we can say is that its application does not leave you indifferent. Impossible to escape the controversy over facial recognition. Several months ago, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland decided to vote a moratorium on the subject. And, a little over a year ago, Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, was publicly concerned about the breaches of privacy, but also the risks of racial bias that this technology could convey.
More recently, Sundar Pichai, the number one Alphabet, the parent company of Google, explained that facial recognition certainly allowed advances in finding missing persons, for example, but that it also involved "many dangers. "" The regulation should be concerned now, before it is too late, "he explained, stressing that he was not promoting this technology for its developers. This technology could even have implications in our daily lives.
For Al Gidari, professor of privacy law at Stanford University, "without a very strict federal privacy law, we are screwed."
Have a nice day, take care of yourself and stay aware !!!
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