In response to protest calling for police reform around the country, some of the biggest names in tech are taking a closer look at their facial recognition technologies.
In recent weeks, protests calling for police and criminal justice reform continue to sweep the Untied States. These demonstrations have also spurred conversations surrounding flawed, racially-biased technologies used by law enforcement agencies, namely facial-recognition systems.
In recent years, police forces have developed quite the appetite for facial recognition technology with massive federal databases dedicated to these efforts. It’s been estimated that about one-in-two US adults are logged in one law enforcement facial recognition network, according to a Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law report.
Now, as calls for institutional reform grow, some of the biggest names in tech including Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft are pulling their facial recognition products from the market outright or banning law