Clearview AI has been suspended from Apple’s developer program for flouting its policies, the latest controversy to hit the facial recognition app.
Apple said it disabled Clearview AI’s account for violating the terms of its Developer Enterprise Program, which is meant for companies to use and distribute apps internally. The iPhone maker has given Clearview AI 14 days to respond and rectify the issue, even as the developer has been offering access to its facial recognition software to external clients through the program.
The New York-based company has been the subject of intense scrutiny since a New York Times investigation in January revealed that Clearview AI’s technology allowed law enforcement agencies to match photos of unknown faces to people’s online images. The company also retains those photos in its database even after internet users delete them from platforms or make their accounts private.