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Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

By Reuters

June 11, 2020

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Microsoft Corp on Thursday said it would await federal regulation before selling facial recognition to police departments, making it the latest big firm to back away from the surveillance business following protests against police brutality.

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com Inc. declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year, while International Business Machines Corp. also said this week it no longer is generally offering the software and that technology should not promote racial injustice.


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