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New App Can ID Strangers with a Single Photo

A new app currently offered to law enforcement agencies and a handful of private companies can identify a stranger’s name and other personal information by uploading a photo of the person.

Clearview AI devised the facial recognition app, which is able to match a photo of a stranger to other photos of that same person found online, and provide links to where those photos appeared — such as Facebook or Venmo, according to a New York Times report.

Federal and state law enforcement officers said they’ve used Clearview’s app to help solve shoplifting, identity theft, credit card fraud, murder and child sexual exploitation cases.

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Until the new app was introduced, tech companies capable of releasing a similar tool refrained from doing so because of the privacy issues it creates, according to the report…

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