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Technology Facial recognition tech should be regulated not banned, argues IBM

19:35  07 november  2019
19:35  07 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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IBM weighed in Tuesday on the policy debate over facial recognition technology , arguing against an outright ban but calling for "precision regulation " to protect privacy and civil liberties. IBM said uneasiness about artificial intelligence technology which can use face scans for identification.

IBM weighed in Tuesday on the policy debate over facial recognition technology , arguing against an outright ban but calling for "precision regulation " to protect privacy and civil liberties. In a white paper posted on its website

IBM wants the US government to regulate facial recognition technology, instead of banning it outright. "Precision regulation" can restrict potentially harmful uses while still allowing for innovation, the company said Tuesday in a white paper posted online.

a man and a woman standing in front of a window: An official helps a passenger at Washington Dulles Airport with a facial recognition scanner. Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. An official helps a passenger at Washington Dulles Airport with a facial recognition scanner. Getty Images

"The same technology used in different situations by different users should be governed by different rules," Christina Montgomery, IBM's chief privacy officer, and Ryan Hagemann, co-director of IBM Policy Lab, said in the white paper. "It simply does not make sense to subject a smartphone and a police body camera to the same regulatory treatment."

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IBM weighed in Tuesday on the policy debate over facial recognition technology , arguing against an outright ban but calling for "precision regulation " to protect privacy and civil liberties.

IBM weighed in Tuesday on the policy debate over facial recognition technology , arguing against an outright ban but calling for ldquo;precision. IBM said uneasiness about artificial intelligence technology which can use face scans for IBM said that instead of banning all facial recognition

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Facial recognition has faced backlash from privacy advocates and lawmakers this year, and a handful of cities have banned the municipal use of the technology. In July, Democratic lawmakers proposed prohibiting public housing units from using technology like facial recognition. Still, facial recognition is on track to become pervasive in airports and shopping centers, and some companies are selling it to police departments.

a man standing in front of a window: An official helps a passenger at Washington Dulles Airport near Washington, DC, with new biometric facial recognition scanners.© Getty Images

An official helps a passenger at Washington Dulles Airport near Washington, DC, with new biometric facial recognition scanners.

IBM isn't the only tech company to suggest regulation could be a way to ease fears. Both Microsoft and Amazon, which sells its Rekognition system to law enforcement agencies in the US, have said facial recognition should be regulated by the government.

Amazon wants to write the rules regulating facial recognition tech

  Amazon wants to write the rules regulating facial recognition tech Amazon is drafting laws to regulate facial recognition technology, Vox reports. Supposedly, the company hopes that federal lawmakers will adopt its proposal as legislation. "Our public policy team is actually working on facial recognition regulations; it makes a lot of sense to regulate that," CEO Jeff Bezos said in an appearance following Amazon's hardware event yesterday. In February, Amazon shared "proposed guidelines" for the responsible useIn February, Amazon shared "proposed guidelines" for the responsible use of facial recognition for policymakers to consider when drafting new laws. But actually writing the laws goes one step further.

IBM weighed in Tuesday on the policy debate over facial recognition technology , arguing against an outright IBM said that instead of banning all facial recognition , policymakers IBM said any rules should be based on “notice and consent” when facial recognition is used to verify someone’s identity.

IBM joined tech rivals Microsoft and Amazon in callign for regulations for facial recognition technology to protect civil liberties, while arguing against IBM said that instead of banning all facial recognition , policymakers should employ "precision regulation " in cases where there is "greater risk

IBM stirred controversy in March by using Flickr photos shared under a Creative Commons license as part of a collection to train AI face-recognition systems. The data is offered only to academic researchers through a project called Diversity in Faces and is intended to help counter bias that can undermine AI fairness, IBM said.

In the white paper, which was earlier reported by Axios, IBM outlined three policies it said could help regulate facial recognition: requiring notice and consent, implementing export controls, and mandating transparency from law enforcement.

IBM didn't respond to a request for comment.

Originally published Nov. 6, 7:41 a.m. PT.

Update, Nov. 7: Adds more background on facial recognition.

Facebook built a facial recognition app that identified employees .
Facebook's stance on facial recognition has changed as of late, but its past enthusiasm for the technology may have been stronger than previously thought. Business Insider has learned (subscription required) that Facebook developed an internal mobile app between 2015 and 2016 that used facial recognition to identify coworkers and their friends. You only had to point the phone at someone to get their name and profile picture -- helpful if you were struggling to remember the name of a colleague you met at a party once.BI claimed that one version of the app could identify anyone on Facebook with enough data, but the company suggested that wasn't true.

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