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Old January 24, 2020, 12:00   #1
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Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview

Who says all those social media posts of narcisits don't wind up biting them in the behind. NYPD unofficially using an app for facial recognition. All sorts of bad uses for this tech.

https://nypost.com/2020/01/23/rogue-...app-clearview/

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Rogue NYPD officers are using a sketchy facial recognition software on their personal phones that the department’s own facial recognition unit doesn’t want to touch because of concerns about security and potential for abuse, The Post has learned.

Clearview AI, which has scraped millions of photos from social media and other public sources for its facial recognition program — earning a cease-and-desist order from Twitter — has been pitching itself to law enforcement organizations across the country, including to the NYPD.

The department’s facial recognition unit tried out the app in early 2019 as part of a complimentary 90-day trial but ultimately passed on it, citing a variety of concerns. Those include app creator Hoan Ton-That’s ties to viddyho.com, which was involved in a widespread phishing scam in 2009, according to police sources and reports.

The NYPD was also concerned because Clearview could not say who had access to images once police loaded them into the company’s massive database, sources said.

“They’re playing with fire,” one police insider said.

But that hasn’t stopped dozens of cops from outside the department’s facial recognition unit from using the app “to this day” — with a company spokesperson claiming to The Post that the last photo search by an NYPD cop was registered at 10:56 a.m. Thursday.

“Numerous investigators from around the department are using the app to this day,” with about 36 active accounts using the program for months and logging thousands of searches, the Clearview spokesperson said.

It is not clear if the NYPD officers will face any disciplinary action for using the app, but the department said it was not aware of it being used for any casework.

“While the NYPD looked at it, the facial indication section never used it for investigations,” a police source said, noting that it’s standard practice for the department to review any new tech or equipment.
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The NYPD decided not to integrate Clearview tech into its facial recognition unit, but did not deny that some cops have taken advantage of the free trial.

Users need a law enforcement email address to sign up for the service, but the rogue NYPD officers are loading it onto their personal devices because they aren’t allowed to install unapproved software on their department phones.

Once they’re in, officers upload a photo of someone they’re looking to identify and are instantly provided with matching pictures and source information from Clearview’s database, which was built by culling images from millions of websites including Facebook, LinkedIn, news outlets and even mobile payment app Venmo.

Despite the app’s dubious nature, more than 600 law enforcement agencies have embraced it in the past year — from local agencies such as the Gainesville Police Department in Florida, to federal operations including the FBI and US Homeland Security, the company told The Post.

“Clearview is already the industry standard for law enforcement in the United States, whether it’s local police, state troopers or federal agencies,” the company boasts in internal documents obtained by The Post.

But concerns about the app, such as the potential to abuse the system for extracurricular searches, was enough to stop the NYPD from getting on board officially.

“It only takes one cop to put in his ex-girlfriend’s photo in there and see who she’s dating now,” said a police insider.
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Old January 24, 2020, 20:06   #2
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Don't worry they will find a justification, specially in Virginia

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Old January 24, 2020, 23:07   #3
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Well,make it a felony to use the app. That's the liberal answer to everything else....
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Old January 27, 2020, 21:45   #4
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i would say title 12 section 1983, but social media is public domain, into which retards readily throw their fate.
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