Apple has disabled the iOS developer account of Clearview AI —
the facial recognition company that claims to have amassed a
database of billions of photos and has worked with thousands of
organizations around the world — after BuzzFeed News determined
that the New York-based startup had been violating the iPhone
maker’s rules around app distribution.
In distributing its app for Apple devices, Clearview, which
BuzzFeed News reported earlier this week has been used by more
than 2,200 public and private entities including Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI, Macy’s, Walmart, and the NBA,
has been sidestepping the Apple App Store, encouraging those who
want to use the software to download the program through a program
reserved for developers. After being asked by BuzzFeed News, Apple
disabled the developer account associated with Clearview and
provided them with notification to respond within 14 days.
Keep in mind too, that App Store policies aside, Clearview AI had been publicly claiming that their facial recognition software was “strictly for law enforcement”. BuzzFeed News investigated and found they were full of shit.