Via The Verge
Following a controversy surrounding a small facial recognition company Microsoft had an investment in, Microsoft has announced that they’ll no longer invest in third-party facial recognition companies.
Citing lack of necessary oversight and control of such sensitive technology, the announcement states that they’ll shift to more commercial relationships that would allow them more control and oversight.
While Microsoft does have its own facial recognition product (Face API), they do seem concerned about the use of FR technology for surveillance purposes. The controversy previously mentioned, while cleared by an investigation, accused the small FR company of powering a West Bank surveillance program.
A representative from Microsoft itself has, on multiple occasions, stated their own FR tech would never be sold for surveillance purposes and that they’ve turned down law enforcement contracts because of that.
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