IBM has said it will no longer offer face recognition technology because it could be used to promote racial discrimination and injustice. Specifically, the CEO of IBM, Arvind krishna, said in a letter to Congress on Monday that IBM is completely opposed to the use of any technology, including face recognition technology, offered by other suppliers and intended for mass production. monitoring, creating racial profiles and more generally for violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms, or for serving any purpose that is not in line with the values and principles (trust and transparency) of the company. He added that the company considers that now is the right time to start a national dialogue on whether and how to use face recognition technology from domestic services enforcement of the law. In particular, he pointed out that the Artificial Intelligence is a powerful tool that can help enforce the law to secure it safety the citizens. However, sellers and users of Al technology systems have a shared responsibility to ensure that Al technology is not used to promote prejudice, let alone when used to enforce the law. Also in the letter, Krishna called on Congress to introduce a national policy to encourage the use of technology such as cameras body and analysis data, with the aim of greater transparency and accountability of the police.
Some cities in USA have already banned its use technology face recognition. For example, last year San Francisco and San Diego were among the cities that banned face recognition technology, on the grounds that the technology is characterized by limitations and lack of standards around its use, while still promoting any prejudice against minorities.
Earlier this year, the idea of banning the use of face recognition technology in public places was also among the EU's scenarios. According to Reuters, the EU was considering banning face recognition in public places for up to five years, which could may include locations such as parks, tourist hotspots and sports venues, so as to give politicians time to enact a law to prevent its abuse.