Microsoft wants the government to regulate facial recognition technology
Microsoft’s President compared facial recognition technology to the auto, air safety, food, and pharmaceutical industries as he called for a governmental role in regulating its use in everyday life. Regulation is necessary, he argues, for industries where companies have incentives to forego safety mechanisms if it wins them a competitive advantage. The potential misuses described include excessive monitoring and invasion of privacy by the government, using flawed or biased software by the police to fight crime, or private use of the technology to filter things like credit or job applications. While Microsoft’s President did not specify what such regulation would entail, he did affirm that a human-in-the-loop control system that would ensure accountability and allow the policing of harmful uses is necessary.