Microsoft calls for government regulation to prevent abuse of facial recognition tech
Microsoft calls for government regulation to prevent abuse of facial recognition tech
Microsoft Urges Regulation of Facial Recognition Tech
15 July, 2018, 17:40
Microsoft president Brad Smith said: "Imagine a government tracking everywhere you walked over the past month without your permission or knowledge".
Microsoft is particularly interested in this issue at the moment as it found itself at the center of the immigration debate recently - concerns were raised about whether the company had a contract involving facial recognition with ICE (Smith is quick to point out that "we've since confirmed that the contract in question isn't being used for facial recognition at all").
Microsoft president Brad Smith is calling for government regulations on facial recognition technology. Microsoft itself has been the target of a campaign by employees and customers to sever ties with ICE because of the agency's practice of separating migrant families. The work under the contract instead is supporting legacy email, calendar, messaging and document management workloads.
Facial recognition technology has become a key issue of concern for civil rights groups. "The only way to regulate this broad use is for the government to do so".
The Supreme Court ruled police can't have long-term access to cell phone data without a warrant or probable cause, and similar restrictions should be applied to their use of facial recognition technology, he said.
"These issues heighten responsibility for tech companies that create these products", Smith said. That often means services are fairly mature and widely adopted before the government steps in.
"This technology is just rushing on us really fast", Friedman said.
Smith's post addressed some things the company is doing to ensure that facial recognition is accurate and ethical, including "going more slowly" as it rolled out the technology. "But if we move too fast with facial recognition, we may find that people's fundamental rights are being broken".
He said Microsoft, which supplies face recognition to some businesses, has already rejected some customers' requests to deploy the technology in situations involving "human rights risks".
Microsoft has become the first major tech giant to call for regulating facial recognition technology. Employees have asked the company to stop providing law enforcement with the technology, as has the ACLU and multiple Amazon investors.
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He calls for Congress to create a bipartisan commission of experts that can assess how the technology should be used in the United States, provide advice to Congress on what laws and regulations are needed and suggest how lawmakers can properly oversee its use. It is also used to display the faces of jaywalkers on big outdoor screens to embarrass them.
Currently, facial recognition technology faces little regulation or federal oversight, with some critics raising alarms over its use by law enforcement and government agencies. The technology's use by law enforcement without rules in place raises concerns about racial disparity and privacy, said Barry Friedman, an NYU law professor who runs The Policing Project, which works to set rules and guidelines for law enforcement. "If we don't get ahead of it, we won't be able to put the toothpaste back in the tube".
Complicating the concerns, the technology is far from flawless and can misidentify people. A February paper from one of Microsoft's researchers, Timnit Gebru, and Joy Buolamwini of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology Media Lab, showed error rates of as much as 35 percent for systems classifying darker-skinned women. "But we believe it is the wrong approach to impose a ban on promising new technologies because they might be used by bad actors for nefarious purposes in the future". They surfaced earlier this year at Google and other tech companies.
The Human Rights Law Centre said in a submission that it is concerned about a "very substantial" erosion of privacy, and that there is a "distinct lack of evidence" for why Australia would need such a permissive facial recognition regime. "In a democracy, governments are the representatives of the people and need to be accountable".
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