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Clearview AI Bid to Beat Biometric Privacy Claims Faces Pushback

July 12, 2021, 3:58 PM

Privacy and civil rights advocates are lining up behind consumers suing Clearview AI Inc. over its facial recognition technology, arguing that the company can’t invoke free speech concerns to beat privacy claims.

The First Amendment doesn’t “immunize” Clearview from being subject to a privacy law in Illinois, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a brief filed July 9 in support of the consumer suit. Otherwise, it would be “virtually impossible” for states to enact such laws, according to the brief.

Consumers sued Clearview in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for alleged violations of the ...

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