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Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, asks US Congress to regulate facial recognition before it’s too late. “All tools can be used for good or ill”
Microsoft ask US Congress to regulate facial recognition before it’s too late. Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of the Redmond based group, wrote in a blog that facial recognition tech needs “thoughtful” government oversight to prevent it abuses by powerful entities like businesses and public authorities. “All tools can be used for good or ill. – he wrote – Even a broom can be used to sweep the floor or hit someone over the head. The more powerful the tool, the greater the benefit or damage it can cause. The last few months have brought this into stark relief when it comes to computer-assisted facial recognition – the ability of a computer to recognize people’s faces from a photo or through a camera. This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike”.
Microsoft: “Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression”
“Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression. – Microsoft president stated – These issues heighten responsibility for tech companies that create these products. In our view, they also call for thoughtful government regulation and for the development of norms around acceptable uses. In a democratic republic, there is no substitute for decision making by our elected representatives regarding the issues that require the balancing of public safety with the essence of our democratic freedoms. Facial recognition will require the public and private sectors alike to step up – and to act.” Smith added. Then the top manager proposed a list of four recommendations for government regulation. Below you can find the complete post with all the stips.