Clearview AI Exposes Entire Client List in Data Breach

NOTICE: If you have used Clearview AI’s facial recognition application as a business or as an individual, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777.

clearview ai data breachClearview AI is a startup that has scraped more than three billion photos from the internet, including images from social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for facial recognition services.

The company recently notified its customers that an intruder gained unauthorized access to its entire customer list. The service has been used by people from about 2,900 institutions across 27 countries.

Clearview AI claims that their servers were never accessed and the unspecified flaw that allowed the breach to happen has been patched. Nonetheless, beyond the client list information itself, the breached data is thought to include details such as the number of log-ins, the number of searches, and the date of the last search.

While Clearview AI originally set out to provide advanced facial recognition strictly for law enforcement agencies with a focus in the USA and Canada, the company has also pursued clients in industries such as retail, banking, and gaming -- often offering free trial offers without formal contracts. Users span both public and private sectors, ranging from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and hundreds of local police departments to national retailer Macy’s and reportedly unrestricted use by individuals.

If you have used Clearview AI’s facial recognition application as a business or as an individual, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your situation and possible legal options.