On March 10, Vermont’s attorney general, T.J. Donovan brought the first enforcement action under the state’s data broker law. According to the OAG’s press release, the suit was initiated against “Clearview AI, a data broker that uses facial recognition technology to map the faces of Vermonters, including children, and sells access to this data to private businesses, individuals, and law enforcement.” Clearview AI, which has registered as a data broker, has been accused of violating the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and the Data Broker Law.
The attorney general “alleges that Clearview AI has been collecting photos of Vermonters available on the internet – called ‘screen scraping’ – and using artificial intelligence to ‘map’ individual’s faces. Private businesses, individuals, and law enforcement use this data via an app that allows a user to identify a person within seconds using only a photograph. No Vermont state or local law enforcement agencies have used the app. Clearview AI collects the facial recognition data of Vermont children, as well as adults, without their notice or consent.”
As summarized in a Hunton blog, Clearview,
Eric J. Ellman is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in Washington, DC. He also served for eight months as Interim President and CEO of the Association. More