Microsoft Bars Selling Facial Recognition Software to Police Until Firmer Laws are in Place

by Montana Fleming

The technological sector seems to tighten their grips on the institutionalized racism surrounding the United States of America. Twitter’s stand towards the fiasco has been applauded by many worldwide for standing directly against the leader of the free world. While many tech companies and firms have began to tighten their grips around the whole incident, Microsoft has cleared chosen their allies.

The firm said that they would not start sales to the US Police Department until the country approves national regulation to the technology which has been often criticized for its “biased” views. Amazon and IMB made similar stands in much softer tones. Amazon banned police from using their tech for one year while IMB earlier quoted that they would stop offering the technology for the modal use of “mass surveillance or racial profiling.”

Microsoft’s stand comes amid the protests that have gripped the United States after a police officer brutally stepped on a man’s neck rendering him to die due to lack of breathing. Microsoft president Brad Smith said at an event that the firm had not sold to police departments and would not start “until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology”.

Notably, the American Civil Liberties Union campaigned for years against using such software that proves a tool for a “suspicious” surveillance. “Microsoft, Amazon and IBM have finally started to take action. But we still have a long way to go to forever end the over-policing and surveillance of black and brown communities,” the organization said in a statement.

Microsoft is the only firm out of the bunch that has called on for national regulation on the software more than two years ago warning that such services could be used to “spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues.”

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