According to a report by Financial TimesThe Microsoft erased a database that included 10 millions of photos that were used to train company systems on person identification. It is believed that the systems trained with these photos were those used by the army and police forces.
This database was built on 2016, using 100.000 photos of famous people who were online. Microsoft said the database is no longer available as the person responsible for creating it is no longer linked to the company.
Last year, Microsoft President Brad Smith had asked the US Congress to take over the task of regulating the use of face recognition systems, as it could have many negative consequences for society.
Recently, the California police had asked Microsoft to use her face recognition systems in cars and body cameras, but the company declined to meet this request.
The huge database, named MSCeleb, was created from photos of famous people, which were spotted online. The Megapixel project, which is used to scan the photos for the database, reports that most of the photos belong to American and English actors, but the company also used pictures of people who are exposed to their occupations SOCIAL MEDIA.
This means that the photos included artists, journalists, musicians, activists, researchers and writers. Although the database is no longer available from Microsoft, anyone who has downloaded a copy of it can still use it. According to Adam Harvey, who worked on the Megapixel project, data from a database can not disappear just when the database is deleted, as copies of the database continue to be stored on users' hard drives.