IBM To Stop Developing Facial Recognition Technology

IBM To Stop Developing Facial Recognition Technology

IBM has officially stated that it will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology moving forward. The company's CEO shared its letter to Congress publicly, which was sent on Monday, June 8.

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General purpose facial recognition or analysis software will no longer be offered, developed, or researched by IBM. The company's CEO, Arvind Krishna, shared a letter with Congress stating the decision on Monday.

The letter was written in support of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. Krishna advocated for reforms for responsible use of technology, and to combat systematic racial injustice along with police misconduct.

"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," wrote Krishna in the letter.