Microsoft Terminates Its Facial Recognition Software to Police in United States Territories

Microsoft decision by limiting facial-recognition AI software and breaking ties with law enforcement was a direct result of worldwide protests of the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. This technology analyzes faces in images that allow organizations to match pictures of people’s faces to a database containing a billion images that have been taken from social media platforms and other websites. The Police force may only resume using its software after federal regulations for facial recognition tech are in place.

 

Courtesy: Microsoft Canada

 

“We will not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights that will govern this technology,” Smith said. “The bottom line for us is to protect the human rights of people as this technology is deployed.”

 

 

Courtesy: Microsoft Canada

 

“It’s also a sign that facial recognition is increasingly politically toxic, which is a result of the incredible organizing happening on the ground right now,” Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a statement. “Amazon and Microsoft know that facial recognition software is dangerous. They know it’s the perfect tool for tyranny. They know it’s racist — and that in the hands of police it will simply exacerbate systemic discrimination in our criminal justice system.”

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