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Facial recognition firm Clearview AI tells investors it’s seeking massive expansion beyond law enforcement

By Drew Harwell

16 Feb 2022 · 11 min read

The facial recognition company Clearview AI is telling investors it is on track to have 100 billion facial photos in its database within a year, enough to ensure "almost everyone in the world will be identifiable," according to a financial presentation from December obtained by The Washington Post.

Those images - equivalent to 14 photos for each of the 7 billion people on Earth - would help power a surveillance system that has been used for arrests and criminal investigations by thousands of law enforcement and government agencies around the world.

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