A lawsuit against Clearview AI is under way,media reported. Clearview AI is a controversial facial recognition app that U.S. law enforcement uses to identify suspects and others. Earlier this week, the software company was criticized after a New York Times investigation into it. The app identifies users by comparing photos with image databases collected from social media and other sites, and then sells information to law enforcement agencies.
“The defendant Clearview’s actions are a microcosm of a sinister violation of personal freedom,” the indictment said, according to CNET sister website ZDNet earlier Friday. “
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois, says Clearview AI’s actions are a threat to civil liberties.
And while the lawsuit is brought by an individual, he is seeking the status of a class action.
The complaint seeks compensation for damages and the deletion of records and the prohibition of Clearview from continuing this business.
The lawsuit comes after Democratic Senator Edward Markey said Thursday that the Clearview app could pose chilling privacy risks.
Clearview AI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.