Twitter’s developer agreement policy says: “Information derived from Twitter content may not be used by, or knowingly displayed, distributed, or otherwise made available to any public-sector entity for surveillance purposes.”
According to the New York Times, the Clearview app includes programming that could pair the images with augmented-reality glasses that would allow users to identify the names and addresses of anyone they saw.
Clearview has not yet responded to a request for comment.
US senator Ron Wyden said on Twitter Clearview’s activities were “extremely troubling”.
“Americans have a right to know whether their personal photos are secretly being sucked into a private facial-recognition database,” he said.
“Every day, we witness a growing need for strong federal laws to protect privacy.”
Senator Edward J Markey also shared his concerns, in a letter sent to the company on Wednesday, suggesting its technology could “facilitate dangerous behaviours and effectively destroy individuals’ ability to go about their lives anonymously”.
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