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Tech companies reconsider facial recognition software

IBM says it will no longer sell or research facial recognition software, and Amazon announced a moratorium on police use of its software.
With IBM getting out of facial recognition technology altogether and Amazon pausing the use of its software by police departments, how will Microsoft act?
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Who is really being watched by police body cameras?

Nov 12, 2019
With new facial recognition technology, a tool to surveil the police may be changing its target, Sidney Fussell of The Atlantic says.
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The problem of governments using facial recognition software

"They know both the question and the answer," one CEO says.
A display shows a facial recognition system for law enforcement during the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2017.
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What rules exist around our faces, and how are they tracked?

Apr 18, 2018
As Facebook faces a lawsuit over its facial recognition technology, a look at the rules around our biometric data.
Automatic facial recognition technologies are tested at the Suedkreuz train station in Berlin in December.

Why facial recognition software has trouble recognizing people of color

"Data reflects our history, and our history has been very biased to date," MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini says.
Passersby walk under a surveillance camera that is part of a facial recognition technology test at Berlin's Suedkreuz train station in 2017.
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Facial Recognition: An Eventuality

Jun 23, 2015
Tracking technology companies will "ask for forgiveness, not permission."

Facebook is spending $60 million to recognize your face

Jun 20, 2012
The social giant bets big on facial recognition software, but what is it using that information for?

For public good, not for profit.