Ukraine begins using Clearview AI’s facial recognition services

Ukraine began using Clearview AI’s facial recognition services for free on March 12, claimed the company’s chief executive Hoan Ton-That in a letter seen by Reuters. Clearview AI claims to have a searchable database of 10 billion faces gathered from the internet, including over two billion images from the Russian social media platform Vkontakte.

Ton-That outlined a number of scenarios in which the technology could be useful in the letter, including: identifying infiltrators by matching their photo or ID card, identifying the dead without the use of fingerprints, combating misinformation, and family reunification by identifying people without paperwork.