Jun 7, 2019

Microsoft deletes massive face recognition database

Microsoft has deleted a massive database of 10 million images which was being used to train facial recognition systems, the Financial Times reports. The deletion comes after Microsoft called on US politicians to do a better job of regulating recognition systems. Microsoft told the FT the database was no longer available, because the person who curated it had now left the company. Last year Microsoft President Brad Smith asked the US Congress to take on the task of regulating the use of facial recognition systems because they had "Broad societal ramifications and potential for abuse". In the UK, police forces have been criticised for trialling home-grown facial recognition systems that have proved to be bad at recognising people.

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