In a cease-and-desist letter to Clearview AI, Twitter has demanded the company stop taking images from its website.
Last week, it was reported that Clearview had amassed more than three billion photographs from social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Venmo, for its facial recognition app.
The app can match people to their online photos and link back to the sites the images came from.
The images are used by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and more than 600 other law-enforcement agencies across the globe to identify suspects.
Twitter’s developer agreement policy states that information obtained from Twitter content “may not be used by, or knowingly displayed, distributed, or otherwise made available to any public-sector entity for surveillance purposes.”
For this reason, Twitter is accusing Clearview for violating such policies, and requesting the deletion of any collected data.
Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, also sent a letter to Clearview on Wednesday, arguing that the widespread use of its technology could “facilitate dangerous behavior and could effectively destroy individuals’ ability to go about their daily lives anonymously.”
US Senator Roy Wyden, Democrat of Oregon commented on Twitter: “Americans have a right to know whether their personal photos are secretly being sucked into a private facial-recognition database.
“Everyday, we witness a growing need for strong federal laws to protect privacy.”
Only last week, reports emerged that the European Commission is considering temporarily banning the use of facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years.
The European Commission also suggested imposing additional obligations on both the developers and users of AI.
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