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Microsoft joins Amazon, IBM in pausing face scans for police

Microsoft joins Amazon, IBM in pausing face scans for police Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: June 11, 2020 03:43 PM

Microsoft has become the third big tech company this week to say it won’t sell its facial recognition software to police, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM.

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Microsoft’s president and chief counsel, Brad Smith, announced the decision and called for Congress to regulate the technology during a Washington Post video event on Thursday. The trio of tech giants is stepping back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin.

Ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd have focused attention on racial injustice in the U.S. and how police use technology to track people.

Earlier, Amazon said it will ban police use of its facial recognition technology for a year in order to give Congress time to come up with ways to regulate the technology. And IBM said it would get out of the facial recognition business, concerned about how the technology can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling.

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