🏠 IBM Breaks A Promise
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IBM’s Broken Promise
.Three years ago, IBM promised to no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology.
The reasoning behind the decision was simple: they did not want to contribute to a technology that could be used for mass surveillance, racial profiling, or human rights violations.
But now that promise appears to have gone out the window.
A New Government Contract
Last month, IBM signed a $69.8 million contract with the British government to develop a biometrics program for their immigration and law enforcement officials.
And facial recognition is part of this program. Specifically, a tool that will enable the authorities to match photos of people with images stored on a database, which is known as a “one-to-many” matching system.
AKA, the exact system IBM previously said would “most likely be used for mass surveillance, racial profiling, or other violations of human rights”.
IBM wasn’t the only company that declared they were done with facial recognition technologies. Amazon and Microsoft made the same pledge, and so far they’ve stuck to it.
But tech isn’t unified in their opposition to facial recognition technology. X just revealed that they are now collecting biometric data and Sam Altman’s Worldcoin is infamous for their storage of the same data.
It is clear there’s a fight for the future of our biometric privacy.
It’ll be very interesting to see which side comes out on top.
The Big Picture: We love technology here, but we have to continue to fight for our personal privacy as technology advances.
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