The Chicago Police Department is using a controversial facial recognition tool that allows investigators to compare images of unknown suspects to a database of three billion photos lifted from websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Privacy advocates say this technology is so ripe for abuse that cops should stop using it immediately.
Clearview AI, the Manhattan-based firm that developed the software, has come under fire after the New York Times published a bombshell report detailing significant privacy concerns. A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Chicago earlier this month seeking to halt the company’s data collection.
Jasper McLaurin had served two years of his seven-year prison sentence when the Illinois Appellate Court threw out his gun conviction.
But his long wait for that decision — twice as long as the American Bar Association says appeals in criminal cases should take — didn’t end with him walking out a free man in late 2018. McLaurin remains in prison.
To state Sen. Martin Sandoval, it wasn’t enough to pocket thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the red-light camera company SafeSpeed while blocking legislation that could put the brakes on its business.