Microsoft refused to sell facial recognition technology to the US police

Microsoft refused to provide U.S. police departments with its facial recognition software. This was announced on Thursday, June 11, by the president of the American company Brad Smith in an interview with The Washington Post.

“We will not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States until we have a regulatory federal law based on human rights,” Smith said.

In the future, he said, the company intends to regulate the use of its technology to prevent abuse of it by law enforcement agencies.

Against the backdrop of mass protests over the death of African-American George Floyd after his brutal detention, IBM said it would no longer develop and sell facial recognition software.

Later, on June 11, Amazon banned American police officers from using its similar technology for a year. According to the company’s management, this time should be enough for Congress to pass a law governing the ethical use of the software.