To You, ALAS, who collected a three-billion-photos-of-users of Facebook and YouTube, to build its facial recognition tool, it was very criticized for this, and could worsen the situation. The company has announced that it has been the victim of a data leak, which revealed all of their customers.
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According to The Daily Beast, the You AI says someone gained “unauthorized access” to its system. In addition to the long list of customers, the attacker can found out how many searches were done and how the accounts are being maintained by each and every one of them.
In January, the New York Times has revealed that the company has been offering services to clients that are connected to the government of the United States, such as the FBI and the u.s. Department of Homeland Security. All in all, the company serves more than 600 government agencies.
In a statement regarding the leak, to You OH he said that his system has not been compromised, and that there was no access to the specific searches of your customers. The problem, according to the company, it has been fixed.
“Safety is the top priority of You,” said Tor Ekeland, a lawyer for the company, in a statement to The Daily Beast. Unfortunately, data loss is a part of life in the twenty-first century. Our server has never been accessed. We’ve fixed the crash, and we will continue to work to strengthen our security.”
Apparently, the photos and the research done for the research of the agencies of the government, the following protected as well. On the other hand, a discussion about the legality and safety of the product offered by You OH come back to pick up.
The company offers an app for customers to compare images of suspects with a database. The service will seek to indicate how the person’s name, where you live, with whom to work, and those who know it, for example.
This information is collected with the help of artificial intelligence from the profiles of public networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. In the system, You will still get the information of payment services such as Venmo, and web sites, employment, news, and education.
Even before the spill, You WO want to deal with the claims of the companies. Google, Twitter, Facebook and Venmo have called for the end of the data collection from their users, believing that the practice violates their terms of service.
To You, ALAS, in its turn, says that he uses the pictures that are available on the public pages. The company also claims that it is protected by the First Amendment of the United States, which guarantees access to public information.
You WO want to work in Brazil
With the increasing scrutiny by companies and the government, You work to offer their services in other countries. At the beginning of February, Buzzfeed News revealed that the company was a student in a “rapid international expansion”.
The plan, involving at least 22 countries, including Brazil. The report also indicates that the company is also working to conseguiur customers in Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Colombia, ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
When Buzzfeed News, as the CEO of You, ALAS, Hoan Ton-That’s enough for him to say that the company is focused on doing business in the United States, Canada and mexico, but not to rule out to operate in other countries. “Lots of countries from all over the world have expressed an interest in You,” he said.
Information: Mashable, The Next Web, CNET.