Jun 12, 2020

Microsoft bars facial recognition sales to police

Microsoft has become the latest US company to limit the use of its facial recognition technology by police. The firm said it would not start sales to US police departments until the country approves national regulation of the technology, which critics say is racially biased and easy to abuse. Amazon on Wednesday banned police from using its tech for one year, while IBM earlier said it would stop offering the technology for "Mass surveillance or racial profiling". Microsoft president Brad Smith said at an event that the firm had not sold to police departments and would not start "Until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology". San Francisco, for example, has already banned facial recognition technology by its police and public agencies.

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