IBM wants the US government to regulate facial recognition technology, instead of banning it outright. “Precision regulation” can restrict potentially harmful uses while still allowing for innovation, the company said Tuesday in a white paper posted online.
Facial recognition has faced backlash from privacy advocates and lawmakers, and a handful of cities have banned the municipal use of the technology. In July, Microsoft asked the federal government to regulate facial recognition before it gets more widespread. Still, the technology is on track to become pervasive in airports and shopping centers, and some companies like Amazon are selling it to police departments.