It took more than a year to report this story. We contacted more than 1,800 US taxpayer-funded organizations listed in data as having using Clearview AI to ask about facial recognition. Here's a thread of some our most important findings: buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…

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Of the 1,803 entities listed in the data as having run at least one search with Clearview AI by Feb. 2020, 335 orgs confirmed to BuzzFeed News that they had used or tried the facial recognition software. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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The 1,803 entities listed in the data had run almost 340,000 facial recognition scans from 2018 to Feb 2020. The largest searchers, according to the data, included the NYPD, FBI, CBP, and ICE. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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One of the biggest things we found is that Clearview’s offering of free trials led to cops using the software without higher ups knowing. 69 agencies initially denied using Clearview to us, before they went back and found employees who had. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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Five organizations including the LAPD and the California Department of Justice found their employees were using Clearview after we asked them about it and subsequently moved to ban or block the software. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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The data lists 31 public colleges and universities where people used or tried Clearview. There were also two high schools and a Texas school district, though it’s unclear if Clearview has been used on minors. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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The city of Alameda, CA voted to ban facial recognition in December 2019. According to the data, Alameda police officers continued to run Clearview searches *after* that vote. Look at the response here from an Alameda city council member. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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Clearview has claimed it has incredible accuracy but many police officers has trouble with the software or said it simply doesn’t work under certain conditions. These are their own words. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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While Clearview’s tech has not yet led to an arrest based on a false ID, we found three examples where its software led to false positive matches, something the company previously claimed it does not do. Those false positives all involved faces of color. buzzfeednews.com/article/rya…
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This is the story I'm most proud of in my career and it wouldn't be possible without our team: @caro1inehaskins @bri_sacks @_loganmcdonald @JohnPaczkowski @mat and @SchoofsFeed
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