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Written by Nick Heer.

Clearview AI Settles With ACLU

This settlement is significant, but perhaps not as triumphant as the ACLU makes it out to be:

The central provision of the settlement restricts Clearview from selling its faceprint database not just in Illinois, but across the United States. Among the provisions in the binding settlement, which will become final when approved by the court, Clearview is permanently banned, nationwide, from making its faceprint database available to most businesses and other private entities. The company will also cease selling access to its database to any entity in Illinois, including state and local police, for five years.

This does not eliminate the need for stronger privacy laws in the United States. Outside the U.S., it seems that Clearview AI is able to continue developing and selling its product under the cover of American jurisdiction, unless expressly prohibited by local laws. Clearview is still expanding.

This settlement does prohibit Clearview from providing free trial access without supervisor approval, among its biggest sales tactics. Good.