Microsoft hits pause on selling law enforcement facial recognition tech

Microsoft hits pause on selling law enforcement facial recognition tech”

IBM said it's getting out of the facial recognition business.

However, Grenell seems to think that Microsoft's announcement is grounds for punishment.

Both consumer advocates and civil liberties groups have long warned about the dangers of facial recognition technologies, particularly with respect to the police.

He has been urging lawmakers to take a stand on facial recognition software for two years, but a bill in Microsoft's home state of Washington that borrowed heavily from his proposals has failed twice. Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence under the Trump administration, wrote in a Thursday Twitter post that "they [Microsoft] should now be banned from federal contracts - there should be consequences for not selling technology to police departments".

The demise past month of George Floyd, a black man pinned down by a white officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, has prompted globally protests in opposition to racial injustice.

Issues have also risen about whether facial recognition could be utilised against protesters unfairly.

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Microsoft is joining IBM and Amazon in taking a position against the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement - at least, until more regulation is in place.

Then Amazon imposed a one-year moratorium on the use of its Rekognition system by the police pending regulatory action by Congress and finally Microsoft too said its facial recognition system would not be sold to police departments until there was a federal law governing the technology.

"If all of the responsible companies in the country cede this market to those that are not prepared to take a stand, we won't necessarily serve the national interest, or the lives of the black and African-American people of this nation well", Smith explained. And not just from privacy advocates: numerous messages of protest have come from the companies that developed much of the technology.

Amnesty International, meanwhile, is calling for an outright ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police for the purposes of mass surveillance.

"We hope this will give Congress enough time to set up appropriate rules", the company said.

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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