Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, by Edward Moyer.

What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app to quickly discover your name, address and other details? A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible, and its app is currently being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI, says a Saturday report in The New York Times.

The app, says the Times, works by comparing a photo to a database of more than 3 billion pictures that Clearview says it’s scraped off Facebook, Venmo, YouTube and other sites. …

The Clearview app isn’t currently available to the public, but the Times says police officers and Clearview investors think it will be in the future.