Microsoft calls for govt. rules & laws to regulate facial recognition technology

Author: Brad Smith, Microsoft Blog, Published on: 16 July 2018

"Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility", 13 July 2018

Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression... [T]hey also call for thoughtful government regulation and for the development of norms around acceptable uses... [W]hat role do we want this type of technology to play in everyday society? The issues become even more complicated when we add the fact that facial recognition is advancing quickly but remains far from perfect... [B]iases have been found in the performance of several fielded face recognition technologies... [W]hat we believe is needed today – [is] a government initiative to regulate the proper use of facial recognition technology, informed first by a bipartisan and expert commission... As we think about the evolving range of technology uses, we think it’s important to acknowledge that the future is not simple. A government agency that is doing something objectionable today may do something that is laudable tomorrow. We therefore need a principled approach for facial recognition technology, embodied in law, that outlasts a single administration or the important political issues of a moment. [also refers to Google, Amazon]

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Related companies: Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft