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Microsoft refuses to sell facial recognition technology to US police.

Microsoft Corp has reported on Thursday it would not sell its facial recognition software to the police until there were appropriate federal laws in place to regulate the use.

“We do not sell our facial recognition technology to U.S. police departments today, and until there is a strong national law grounded in human rights, we will not sell this technology to police departments,” the company said in a statement.

This follows on from Amazon who has suspended police use of facial recognition software for one year putting an end to a section of its business services it once defended.

“When even the makers of face recognition refuse to sell this surveillance technology because it is so dangerous, lawmakers can no longer deny the threats to our rights and liberties,” said Matt Cagle, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.

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