Microsoft warns that facial recognition tech brings ‘human rights risks’
It’s the first big tech company to raise serious alarms about an increasingly sought-after technology for recognizing a person’s face from a photo or through a camera.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post Friday that the government should form a bipartisan expert commission.
Smith says Microsoft, which supplies face recognition to some businesses, has already rejected some customers’ requests to deploy the technology in situations involving “human rights risks.”
A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to provide more details about what opportunities the company has passed over because of ethical concerns.
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Smith defended the company’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it doesn’t involve face recognition.
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