Your face is not your fortune

Speaking of security things (which I was, again, just a few days ago)…

You keep your password secure and safe, yes?

You restrict unfettered access to your Facebook and other social media, yes?

You do not broadcast every single thing you have done, are doing, and are going to do to the entire world, yes?

And you would be against anyone, whether corporate or public body, having this much knowledge about you, yes?

Well… unlucky.

It’s happening here in the UK, and it is about to happen in the US.

In the UK there is an AI (artificial intelligence) engine hooked up to a software application called ClearView.

ClearView is, in turn, hooked up to every social media platform that exists (yes, even MySpace but joking aside, Facebook is definitely part of this tale).

ClearView is also hooked up to the UK Police National Computer.

ClearView is able to pull information about you from all of these sources, and present the output to public sector employees, Central Government agencies, anti-Crime organisations, and other entities too shady to mention by name.

Where does ClearView get the trigger for all this activity?

From looking at your face.


In May 2019, a man was fined £90 for refusing to show his face to a police camera that had been set up to film members of the public as they walked about East London.


The Metropolitan Police said it was ‘a trail’.

Guess what they were ‘trailing’?

Well, let’s not pull any mental muscles trying to work it out, eh?

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2 Responses to Your face is not your fortune

  1. Masher says:

    The newspaper article says that 3 arrests were made as a result of the technology on that day alone. Which is good, and is – I would like to think – the reason behind the force using facial recognition.
    But it is definitely a worrying invasion of privacy.
    As someone who doesn’t use social media – save for a scant, half-truth profile on LinkedIn – I’d like to think my picture won’t appear in their database.
    But it probably does.

    The Met need to trail a proofreader.