Microsoft is calling on the US government to regulate facial-recognition systems.
Microsoft. But on Friday, the company president, Brad Smith, said the potential dangers of facial-recognition technology are too serious for the tech industry and elected officials to ignore.
“We live in a nation of laws, and the government needs to play an important role in regulating facial-recognition technology, “he wrote in a lengthy blog post.
Last month, Microsoft itself was recognized criticism for purportedly supplying facial-recognition systems to US border authorities. A number of company employees protested the work, and called on Microsoft to cancel the contract. On Friday, Smith said the contract with border administrations was dedicated to supporting office software such as email, calendar and messaging. But he acknowledged the potential of the dark side of facial recognition technologies, especially as they become more accessible to governments.
“Imagine a government tracking everywhere you have over the past month without your permission or knowledge,” he wrote. Imagine a database of everyone who attended a political rally that constitutes the very essence of free speech. “
Microsoft is taking steps to police its own approach to facial-recognition systems. , it says, it's not enough to get rid of the technology, systems for questionable purposes.
That's why the government needs to step up and develop a common regulatory framework, he “It may seem unusual for a company to ask for the government regulation of its products,” Smith wrote. However, he pointed out to the auto, air safety, and pharmaceutical industries, as examples, where “thoughtful “government regulation shaped the products involved for the better.”
“There is always much to be debated about. But the world with the vigorous regulation of products, that they are useful, but the troubling is better than a world devoid of legal standards, “he said.
The American Civil Liberties Union, a critic of Amazon's facial-recognition systems, said it supported Microsoft's call for regulation. “ACLU legislative counsel Neema Singh Guliani said in a statement.
” Congress should take immediate action to put the brakes on this technology with a moratorium on its use, given that it has never been explicitly authorized, “she added.
According to Microsoft's Smith, the US must decide a key question:” What role do we “He recommends that Congress take the first step of forming a bipartisan and expert commission to investigate the technology's potential impact on society, and then suggest legislative action.