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ICE Signs Contract With Controversial Facial Recognition Company

 — 14 août 2020
According to documents obtained by tech accountability nonprofit Tech Inquiry, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) signed a contract with (the extremely controversial) facial recognition tech company Clearview AI, New York-based startup currently being sued by several companies and civil rights groups.

The contract, only listing “mission support,” included a purchase order of $224,000 and lists “ICE mission support Dallas” as the contracting office, as The Verge reports.

Earlier this year, Clearview AI was faced with legal threats from tech giants including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, after selling its technology to thousands of organizations around the world, as BuzzFeed News reports. Several tech companies have since sent cease and desist letters to the startup.

In May, American Civil Liberties Union also filed a lawsuit against the controversial startup, alleging that Clearview AI illegally collected and sold stored data on Illinois citizens without consent.


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