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Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition software

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Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, has called for regulation of facial recognition software in the US, reports VentureBeat. “In a democratic republic, there is no substitute for decision making by our elected representatives regarding the issues that require the balancing of public safety with the essence of our democratic freedoms. Facial recognition will require the public and private sectors alike to step up – and to act,” Smith wrote in a blog post. “Recent events explain why Smith is speaking out now. Last month, while the majority of US citizens was outraged about the idea of separating families who unlawfully entered the United States, Microsoft was criticised by the public and hundreds of its own employees for its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Smith says Microsoft did not share facial recognition software with ICE, despite a January blog post that suggested that was a possibility. And in May, we learned that Amazon Web Services is selling its Rekognition facial recognition service to law enforcement in cities like Orlando, a development opposed by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other organisations. A New York Times roundup of facial recognition developments in China this week has also encouraged discussion of the topic.” Brian Brackeen, CEO of facial recognition software company Kairos, has said that just as there are standards for food or drugs made available for public consumption, standards should be put in place for the accuracy of facial recognition software. The Electronic Frontier Foundation doesn’t believe police should be permitted to use facial recognition software at all, but if it must be used, it argues standards are necessary. Read more

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

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