Florida Man's Lawyer Used the Controversial Clearview AI to Clear His Name of Vehicular Homicide Charges

Florida Man's Lawyer Used the Controversial Clearview AI to Clear His Name of Vehicular Homicide Cha ...

Clearview AI is usually covered in the headlines for a controversial application, but this new report from the New York Times demonstrates how a lawyer used it to save his client's life.

It was not used by authorities, but by a lawyer of a Florida man accused of vehicular murder.

Andrew Grantt Conlyn was driving a two-door 1997 Ford Mustang down a palm tree-lined road in Fort Myers, Fla., sometimes colliding with cars that were breaking the 35-mile-an-hour speed limit. He was able to unlock the passenger seat and free his seatbelt.

Mr. Conlyn was unable to discover his savior's name that Wednesday night in March 2017, nor did the police, who came to the scene and discovered his friend, Colton Hassut, dead near the crash; he had been ejected from the vehicle and died. Here is a recap of the events that led to the lawyer using Clearview AI.

Patrick Bailey, Mr. Conlyn's lawyer, tried everything possible to find the good Samaritan who pulled Mr. Conlyn from the burning car. After failing to find anything of him and authorities believed Mr. Conlyn had been the one driving the car, he discovered Clearview AI and wrote a letter to its leader, Mr. Ton-That.

While Clearview lost a class action lawsuit that required it to waive its right to private individuals and businesses, Mr. Ton-That decided that, because the lawyer was also employed by the Justice Administrative Commission, he could use it without breaking the legal agreement.

Is this the end?

“I found a photo of him at a local club in Tampa within two seconds,” said Mr. Bailey, and after testifying, Mr. Conley had the charges against him dismissed.

Despite this, the NYTimes report does highlight that lawyers are still hesitant about using Clearview AI, and still have ethical concerns about it.

Clearview AI trained its facial recognition algorithm on millions of photos posted by regular users on social media without their permission, as previously explained.

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