Microsoft says it won’t sell facial recognition technology to US police departments

Microsoft said Thursday it will not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States, at least until there is a federal law to regulate the technology.

The announcement follows in the footsteps of tech giants IBM (IBM) and Amazon (AMZN), which both rolled out limitations on plans to sell facial recognition in the wake of anti-racism protests around the world in response to the death of George Floyd.
Microsoft (MSFT) president Brad Smith said any legislation on facial recognition should be firmly grounded in human rights.