Clearview AI, an app creator that was the subject of a chilling New York Times exposé last month, was just hit with its third class action lawsuit. Clearview scraped images from social media websites to generate a face-recognition database, then licensed the app to law-enforcement and other entities.
Here are the three complaints:
Mutnick v. Clearview AI, Inc., Case No. 1:20-cv-00512 (E.D. Ill., filed Jan. 22, 2020) Hall v. Clearview AI, Inc.
Google Hit With Class Action Under Illinois Biometric Privacy Law Over Facial Recognition , The Recorder (Feb. 7, 2020).
The case, Molander v. Google LLC (No. 5:20-cv-00918), is a class-action suit filed in the Northern District of California. It alleges that Google Photos’ face-recognition system violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. According to the complaint:
Unbeknownst to the average consumer … Google’s proprietary facial recognition technology scans each and every photo uploaded to the cloud-based Google Photos for faces, extracts geometric data relating to the unique points and contours (i.