The state of Vermont on Tuesday sued facial recognition app developer Clearview AI, accusing the startup of illegally collecting photos of residents, including children, for the purposes of building a “dystopian surveillance database.”
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan in a lawsuit filed in Chittenden Superior Court accused Clearview of selling access to a database of photos it collected of residents from websites such as Facebook to law enforcement and private businesses. The AG says the practice violates the state’s Consumer Protection Act and a first-in-the-nation law Vermont enacted last year to govern the data broker sector by fraudulently acquiring data through “screen scraping.”
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