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by Brandon Butler
IBM Exiting Facial Recognition Business 6/8/2020

Ina Fried at Axios, ‘IBM is exiting the face recognition business’:

In a letter to members of Congress on Monday, IBM said it is exiting the general-purpose facial recognition business and said it opposes the use of such technology for mass surveillance and racial profiling

“IBM no longer offers general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software,” CEO Arvind Krishna said in the letter. “IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency.”

Good for IBM. When you have shareholders and a stock price, this kind of decision isn’t easy, but this is the right decision.