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Vermont Attorney General: Data Brokers Can’t Map Your Face Without Your Consent

  • Vermont AG TJ Donovan sued data broker Clearview AI, Inc. for collecting facial recognition data from adults and minors allegedly without their consent in violation of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act and Fraudulent Acquisition of Data Act.
  • According to the complaint, Clearview AI allegedly collected photos of individuals from the Internet—including from social media—and used artificial intelligence to map the collected faces, then sold access to the resulting facial information data to private businesses, individuals, and law enforcement who used the information to identify people, all without the subjects’ consent. The complaint also alleges that Clearview AI did not adequately safeguard the information it collected, among other things.
  • The complaint seeks injunctive relief, including the deletion of all photos and data of Vermont consumers, restitution, disgorgement, civil penalties, and investigative and litigation fees and costs.