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Microsoft President Again Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition Tech

Microsoft President Brad Smith, at a conference in Portugal, said facial recognition technology needs to be regulated by the government in order to prevent authorities and companies from tracking people’s movements against their will, according to this report from Recode.

Mr. Smith’s suggestion, which echoed comments he made in a July blog post, may signify Microsoft’s continuing efforts to clean up the damage from its mistaken announcement in June that it was selling facial recognition software to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Microsoft quickly clarified that this was not the case and a month later started calling for facial recognition regulations. Meanwhile, rivals such as Amazon reportedly have no qualms about trying to sell facial recognition technology to ICE and other law enforcement agencies. 

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