IBM to halt all development of facial recognition software

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IBM to halt all development of facial recognition software

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna sent a letter to US congress on June 8th, 2020 declaring IBM’s stance on facial recognition software and other technology that could be used for mass surveillance. 

In the letter, it states “IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency.

We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.”

IBM is making it clear they will not support any technology that is to be used for mass surveillance, specifically technology like facial recognition that has been studied to have vast inaccuracy. Instead, opting for greater innovation in technology that will provide greater transparency to the general public. Adding, “…national policy also should encourage and advance uses of technology that bring greater transparency and accountability to policing, such as body cameras and modern data analytics techniques.”

To read more about IBM’s recent declaration on the use of facial recognition software, click here.

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