Microsoft said Thursday it will not sell facial recognition technology until a federal law is in place. “We will not sell facial recognition technology to U.S. police departments at this time,” Microsoft said in a statement. We won’t sell this technology to the police unless there is a strong national law. “
It comes just a day after Amazon said it would impose a one-year ban on police use of its facial recognition software, suspending a long-standing business. At the moment, many are protesting law enforcement brutality against people of color.
Last month, george Floyd, a black man, died while in police custody, prompting fears that facial recognition technology could be unfairly used against protesters.
Matt Cagle, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, said: “Even developers of facial recognition technology refuse to sell because the surveillance technology is too dangerous, so lawmakers can no longer deny that our rights and freedoms are under threat.” “
In recent months, Congress has been weighing the possibility of overseeing the technology.
IBM also wrote to Congress on Monday, saying it would no longer provide facial recognition or analysis software, and called for new efforts to pursue justice and racial justice.