Microsoft refuses to face recognition to the police

Microsoft refuse la reconnaissance faciale à la police

Microsoft will deny u.s. law enforcement access to its facial recognition technology, in the absence of legislation, like other giants of the internet worried about the drifts and against a backdrop of protests against police violence.

“We don’t sell our facial recognition technology to police americans at the present time, and as long as there will be no federal legislation in the solid based on the rights of man, we will not sell this technology to the forces of order,” said Brad Smith, a top official of Microsoft in a roundtable discussion organized by the Washington Post.

Beyond the use by the forces of the order, Microsoft plans to put in place mechanisms to assess the use made of this technology is controversial even outside of the forces of law and order, he added.

“For the past two years, we have focused on the development and implementation of sound principles to help us in the use of facial recognition, and we have not ceased to ask for a government regulation strong,” insisted Mr. Smith.

It is committed to working with other supporters of the legislation in this area and has indicated that Microsoft took advantage of the opportunity ” to strengthen the processes of examination of applications for our customers who wish to use this technology on a large scale “.

Since the death of George Floyd, an African-American, was asphyxiated by a white policeman two weeks ago, the enterprises, as well as national and local authorities and attempt to react to the pressure of the street and social networks.

On Wednesday, Amazon has decided to ban the police to use its facial recognition software Rekognition for a year, to give Congress time “to put in place appropriate rules” for the use of technology.

IBM had already announced on Monday to suspend the sale of similar software identification and said he was “opposed to the use of any technology for the monitoring of mass, racial profiling, and violations of rights and freedoms human base”.

The other juggernaut of the IA, Google, was cut off in January. During a speech in Brussels, Sundar Pichai, the boss of the group, had explained that Google would not provide turn-key service of facial recognition so that rules and safeguards were not put in place by the authorities.

The powerful American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has been fighting for 2 years against the use of these surveillance technologies by the police, called on Wednesday “Microsoft and others to join IBM, Google and Amazon to move to the right side of history”.

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