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The thorny issue here is that this is all public information put forth willingly by people. These are not leaked medical records. In a way these abilities are like a person saying "hmm isn't that the guy from that thing a while back?" What are the limits of what is allowed to do with public data? I don't have a clear opinion.





I think about it like this: what would happen if you did this manually, at the same scale? If I went around asking every single person you've ever met if they could provide any pictures in which you're in the background, and collected them all and sold them as a collection, i'd be borderline harassing/stalking you. Not necessarily straight up illegal, but maybe in some ways? That's what this is, digitally.

The data was shared willingly within the understanding of the person making that decision. Do people really understand how much data in their day to day life they have “willingly” shared?

This public information includes security cam footage. It’s not up to us if people film us, the cameras are everywhere

> These are not leaked medical records. In a way these abilities are like a person saying "hmm isn't that the guy from that thing a while back?"

That's why I don't think there is much of a point in trying to prevent people (e.g. by law) from crawling and using data in this fashion.

I feel like the only reasonable solution here would be to force these companies to rebuild their databases by legally limiting the lifetime of such data.

That way people have a chance to remove themselves from the database by changing/deleting their online profiles without having to use legal measures like GDPR requests. People wouldn't even have to be aware of any individual database they might be part of; they would be removed from it automatically at some point.

Another benefit of this would be that the pure cost of constantly re-crawling a giant dataset could act as a limiting factor and therefore prevent abuse.


Is you are going to play the "is it legal" game, then it's illegal bulk copyright violation. I gave Facebook a license to make copies of my data for use in its website. I didn't give Clearview a license to make copies to give out to it's customers.



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