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Microsoft rejected facial recognition sales because it'd target women, minorities – CNET

Microsoft is apparently being careful about who it sells its facial recognition tech to.

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Microsoft decided against selling facial recognition technology to a California law enforcement agency because it'd likely result in innocent women and minorities being held for questioning more often, a report said.

Brad Smith, the company's president, noted that the unnamed agency wanted to run a face scan on anyone they pulled over, Reuters reported Tuesday. Since the tech's artificial intelligence (AI) is trained primarily on white men, there are more cases of mistaken identity with women and minorities.

Microsoft also turned down a deal to add the tech to cameras in the capital city of a country deemed not free by the nonprofit Freedom House.

The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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