The use of artificial intelligence and recognition technologies within government agencies has always been a hot topic and full of debate. However, recent conflicts throughout the country, as well as pressure from many employees and organizations, have led some of the large companies to terminate their contracts, which Microsoft has joined today, with the announcement that they are “not selling and will not sell” their facial recognition technology to any of the United States’ police departments.
Like the complete and concise untying of IBM, or the Bezos company one-year moratorium, Brad Smith’s statements also have an important nuance: “We will not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States.” United until we have an established national law, based on human rights, that governs this technology «.
Microsoft president @BradSmi says the company does not sell facial recognition software to police depts. in the U.S. today and will not sell the tools to police until there is a national law in place “grounded in human rights.” #postlive pic.twitter.com/lwxBLjrtZL
– Washington Post Live (@postlive) June 11, 2020
However, these statements are still somewhat vague regarding the true repercussion of the agreements that the company currently has in force with the police departments, which have been defended for years as “fair and responsible”.
For its part, there are already several states and cities that have begun to establish the first regulations for facial recognition, in addition to the well-known initiative of Congress, which since the beginning of this year has been working on joint bipartisan legislation that, among other things, seeks to prohibit the use of facial recognition in real time and without judicial approval. And it is that although these technologies have been in use for years, today there is still no type of guarantee or control that ensures ethical use.