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Microsoft updates code of conduct banning US police departments from using generative AI

Microsoft updates code of conduct banning US police departme

Technology giant Microsoft has reiterated its ban against the use of generative AI by US enforcement agencies for facial recognition.

A Microsoft representative sent a statement via email on Thursday, May 2, stating that the company had added language to its code of conduct prohibiting this artificial intelligence (AI) tool from being "used for facial recognition purposes by or for police departments in the US."

According to the representative, an earlier version of the code of conduct accidentally omitted the phrase "for facial recognition purposes" and has subsequently been updated to comply with Microsoft's policy on facial recognition capabilities.

The use of "real-time facial recognition technology" on mobile cameras, such as body cameras and dash cams, to try to identify a person in "uncontrolled, in-the-wild" situations is expressly prohibited in a separate additional bullet point that applies to "any law enforcement globally."

The policy modifications occur one week after Axon, a manufacturer of technology and armaments for law enforcement and the military, unveiled a new product that summarizes audio from body cams using OpenAI's GPT-4 generated text model.

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