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Axon: No Facial Recognition in Police Body Cams (for Now)

Axon, the company formerly known as Taser, announced it has decided not to include facial recognition software in the body cameras it sells to U.S. police departments because it isn’t accurate enough.

The decision, by the company that makes body cameras and software for most of the largest police departments in the country, adds fuel to the debate over whether tech companies should be selling facial recognition technology in the absence of laws governing its use. 

Axon said it isn’t ruling out using facial recognition in the future but is holding off on promoting the technology until its inner workings are better understood. Google and Microsoft have taken a similar stance, while Amazon Web Services has said it supports legislation but intends to keep selling the software.

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