Tech giant Microsoft has announced it will refuse to sell facial recognition technology to police until appropriate federal regulation has been introduced to prevent its misuse. Suddenly, years of concern about the potential for facial recognition products to misidentify subjects and increase the risk of racial discrimination gained new urgency amid a national reckoning over race and police enforcement.
According to the report, the software company should no longer compete for government jobs, because it now refuses to provide facial recognition technology to the police in the United States.
Microsoft president Brad Smith told a Washington Post event that the company has not sold its technology to police in the United States, and would maintain that policy until there are laws in place "grounded in human rights".
Facial recognition technology has been shown in experiments to sometimes have difficulty identifying people with darker skin.
He also cited how technology could affect the lives of the black community and once again called on the federal government to act in concert with great technology, so that both can come up with an equitable solution for the entire country.
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On the other hand, Google Play Store will also be reviewing all Android apps requesting background location access . With this, the manufacturer becomes the first phone manufacturers to publish an Android 11 version.
The significance of facial recognition software had increased after the death of George Floyd when an American police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.
She says even if the problem of bias in the systems is ironed out, lawmakers will still need to confront some big questions about facial recognition: "It will change the very nature of power in our society, who has this technology?" In collaboration with the civil rights group Liberty, Ed Bridges tried to get a judicial review in what the High Court said was the first time any court in the world had considered the use of facial recognition technology.
Human rights charity Amnesty International is calling for a ban on the use of this technology for purposes of mass surveillance by police.