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Clearview AI unveils version 2.0 of its facial recognition software

Clearview 2.0 helps enhance images obstructed by facial features, dim lighting, and low resolution

Clearview AI has released the latest version of its facial recognition platform, Clearview 2.0.

The company's facial recognition platform, which has proven controversial in the past, verifies images of suspects, persons of interest, and potential victims against a database of over 20 billion publicly available facial images to aid law enforcement agencies investigate crimes as they occur.

The latest version of the platform now includes image enhancement tools to help prosecutors better analyze images previously considered inadmissible via facial recognition technology (FRT).

Clearview 2.0 also features reporting and workflow enhancements that provide a more comprehensive overview of a case, limiting privacy invasion and police overreach.

“Clearview 2.0 adds several security and functionality enhancements to our already proven technology, all designed to help investigators employ the technology in a more user-friendly way that facilitates quicker matches to build cases that are 100 percent compliant,” said Hoan Ton-That, co-founder and CEO of Clearview AI.

“That’s in addition to our database of more than 20 billion images, which is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world,” added Ton-That.

In 2021, Clearview AI was found to have violated GDPR and has been hit with cease and desist notices from major tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter for scraping public images without consent. The company was also fined £17 million by the UK's ICO after it was ruled to have broken "several" data protection laws.

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Earlier this year, Clearview AI secured a US patent for its facial recognition algorithm, which ranked first in the US and among the top 10 worldwide, across all categories, in the Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) conducted by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

Clearview AI's facial recognition software is also being used by the Ukrainian government to identify Russian soldiers who have lost their lives as a result of the ongoing war between the two countries.

“With Clearview 2.0, images with facial occlusions, those with poor lighting and ones with lower resolution are now more usable,” commented Clearview AI.

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