Your Images Stolen to Create Facial Recognition Database Unbeknownst to You

Close Up Of Beautiful Woman Face With Face Recognition Technolog

Law Enforcement Using Startup’s Facial Recognition Database 

Cristal M Clark 

That selfie you took for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like is not as private as you might you think. A startup company, Clearview AI is a collaboration between Hoan Ton-That, an Australian native who moved to the US in 2007, and Richard Schwartz, a former aide to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.


It’s a  facial-recognition startup that is being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US to solve crimes, but little is known about the software, not even law enforcement agencies know much about it. 

When law enforcement uploads a photo to the application, which by the way has been used by more than 600 law-enforcement agencies, Clearview AI scans for matches across its catalog of billions of photos it scraped from social media websites, typically in violation of those sites’ terms of service. It then shows the results to whomever made the search, typically law enforcement however since so little is known about the software and who all is using it you can pretty much guess that law enforcement is not the only ones using the software.


Clearview did not share which law-enforcement agencies have used its tool, they did indicate that hundreds of law-enforcement agencies have in fact utilized the software. 

The app’s founders reportedly began marketing the service to law-enforcement agencies for as little as $2,000 and interestingly, the founders reportedly relied on former and current Republican officials to approach law-enforcement agencies about using the low-priced service, or in some cases, a free trial of the software.

Alarmingly in a careful look at the software it was discovered that an underlying code in the application also revealed the software had been designed to work with augmented reality technology, meaning someone wearing special goggles or glasses could potentially use Clearview AI to instantly determine details, including a person’s identity and address.


And these details, well that’s pissed Facebook off according to a spokesperson: “Scraping Facebook information or adding it to a directory are prohibited by our policies, so we are reviewing the claims about this company and will take appropriate action if we find they are violating our rules.”

Clearview however goes beyond just letting law enforcement use it’s software, it tracks whomever law enforcement is searching for and it sees everything law enforcement is searching for. 

Facial recognition technology has been centered around privacy issues and claims of racial bias in the technology. A study released in December by the National Institute of Standards and Technology found facial recognition technology had a racial-bias, typically having a a more difficult time identifying non-white people and women.

That being said, it’s just yet another intrusion or is it? I’ve long said that whatever you share on social media regardless of whether or not you make it private will in fact, eventually be fair game to some money hungry organization. 

Cristal M Clark

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Looks Like Trump and the Once Great Rudy Giuliani Are Breaking Up


Donald Trump vs Rudy Giuliani

By: Cristal M Clark

The once great Rudy Giuliani appears to be suffering from a stroke or maybe dementia these days given his most recent interviews where he seemingly faltered, seemed crazy, said really odd things and basically fell right on his own face.

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, checks his phone during the Sports and Fitness Day event at the White House in Washington.

Not surprising, due to Rudy’s recent slip ups during interviews has in fact, pissed Donald Trump right off and he is just simply not having it.


According to sources at the White House, Trump who we already know is highly prone to throwing screaming temper tantrums has been screaming pissed.


More recently during an interview with The New Yorker’s Isaac Chotiner, Rudy sort of digressed and a series of really bizarre responses passed through his lips. Surprisingly during the conversation Rudy actually admitted that he worried that his legacy would be that “he lied for Trump.”

Prior to that, Rudy’s interviews were just as odd, awkward and disastrous. So much so that Trump is being encouraged and by encouraged, pushed by several individuals, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to part ways with Rudy and to part ways rather quickly.

Even more curious, no one knows what is going on with Rudy, even former West Wing officials, including some 2016 campaign veterans have recently privately debated as to what has gone on with Rudy.

Wondering why it is that Rudy is making statements that really clearly do cause damage to his client?


Some have joked that maybe Rudy has simply lost his mind.

Rudy who himself was bitter over the his failed presidential run in 2008, understandably leapt at the opportunity to be back right in the spotlight and work for Trump, which some speculate was a hell of a lot more to handle because the media is so much different than it was back in 2008 and than it was when Rudy was the Mayor of New York.

He can’t say and do whatever he wants now, not without being fact checked, ridiculed and torn to shreds by social media and mainstream media now.

Other sources close to Rudy as well as other reports, seem to indicate that Rudy has privately expressed hatred for his job, is worried about the final Mueller report, so much so that he has openly stated that Mueller’s final report will in fact, be a rather “devastating.”


Or maybe Rudy is finally just sick of trying to help cover for all of Trump’s bullshit, Rudy is hopping on the bandwagon to out the deceitful, angry, little orange man before Mueller comes knocking on Rudy’s very front door.

Cristal M Clark

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