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Regulation for facial recognition technology must start in 2019: Microsoft

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Given the potential for of the fast advancing technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this in 2019, has said.

"Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues," warned Smith in a blog post on Thursday.

"The time for action has arrived," he said, adding that the industry must also exercise restraint while using this

Speaking of the benefits of the technology, the mentioned that police in recently trialled and identified almost 3,000 missing children in four days.

Similarly, historians in the US have used the technology to identify the portraits of unknown soldiers in Civil War photographs taken in the 1860s.

Researchers successfully used to diagnose a rare, in Africans, Asians and Latin Americans.

And in October, the designed a proof of concept to enable customers to withdraw money from an Machine using facial recognition and a PIN.

But at the same time, the potential for of this technology is huge, Smith said, adding that certain uses of this technology could lead to biased decisions and discrimination.

Moreover, the widespread use of this technology can lead to new intrusions into people's privacy, he said.

"The use of by a government for mass can encroach on democratic freedoms," Smith added.

"While we believe that new laws and regulations are indispensable, we also recognise that they are not a substitute for the responsibility that needs to be exercised by tech companies," he said.

is one of several companies playing a leading role in developing

The company, Smith said, would start adopting new principles to manage the issues surrounding in the first quarter of 2019.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 13:56 IST