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Face Recognition: MS And Google Disagree With The EU’s Policy

The EU is proposing a 3-5 year ban on using the technology until appropriate regulations for its use are formulated.

“I think it is important that governments and regulations tackle it sooner rather than later and give a framework for it,” says Sundai Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company

“It can be immediate but maybe there’s a waiting period before we really think about how it’s being used,” says Pichai, “its up to governments to chart the course. Sensible regulation must also take a proportionate approach, balancing potential harms with social opportunities. This is especially true in areas that are high risk and high value.”

“I’m really reluctant to say let’s stop people from using technology in a way that will reunite families when it can help them do it,” says Brad Smith, Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft.

“The second thing I would say is you don’t ban it if you actually believe there is a reasonable alternative that will enable us to, say, address this problem with a scalpel instead of a meat cleaver,” says Smith, “there is only one way at the end of the day to make technology better and that is to use iit.”

Source: electronicsweekly


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