Apple shuts down developer accounts linked to Clearview AI for violating its guidelines

Anyone who has followed the technological news has certainly heard of the Clearview AI, a controversial company that gathers a database with billions and billions of photos published on social networks to create a global facial recognition platform.

For those who are not following the whole story, basically Clearview has spent the past few months defending itself from ethical charges, stating that its facial recognition platform would be made available only to governments and security agencies around the world. All of this, however, went down the drain a few days ago, when company data was leaked on the internet and showed that it tried to offer its facial recognition solution to 200 companies, such as the NBA and Walmart.

The leak also exposed the company’s real practices: before, Clearview claimed to only store publicly available images, accessible through mechanisms such as Google Images. However, in reality, the company was also collecting files from private databases, such as (including closed) Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts.

Clearview AI app home screen for iOS

Now, Apple decided to take action: as informed by BuzzFeed News, the company revoked access to developer accounts linked to Clearview AI, effectively banning the use of its applications. According to Apple, it violated the guidelines of its enterprise developer program.

The case is similar to that experienced by Facebook and Google last year, when Apple discovered that companies were abusing their developer certificates to distribute applications to customers outside the App Store – in general, applications that did not conform to the rules. from the app store. In the case of Clearview, the company was using this same practice to distribute its facial recognition application to companies, which is not permitted by Apple rules.

Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That said the company has contacted Apple and is working with the Cupertino giant to comply with its terms and conditions. So, let’s follow this story.

via TechCrunch