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Microsoft Hires U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder To Examine Israeli Facial Recognition Startup AnyVision

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

Reportedly, Microsoft has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder along with a team from law firm Covington & Burling to investigate the facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded. AnyVision, based outside Tel Aviv, is supposed to be investigated to ensure that it complies with all ethics & principles required of facial recognition technology following reports by Haaretz’s TheMarker business newspaper and NBC News claiming the technology was used to surveil Palestinians who live in the occupied West Bank.

Microsoft stated that the company would “advocate for safeguards for people’s democratic freedoms in law enforcement surveillance scenarios and will not deploy facial recognition technology in scenarios that we believe will put these freedoms at risk.”

The investigation reflects the growing unrest about facial recognition surveillance in the United States leading to unfair arrests and limits freedom of expression.

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(Read Original Story: Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded in Reuters)


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