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Pot, meet kettle: TASER calls out facial recognition in police body cameras as unethical

Pot, meet kettle: TASER calls out facial recognition in police body cameras as unethical

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The company that put the ability to electrocute civilians in every cop’s pocket has declared it will not sell facial recognition software with its body camera products, claiming the tech is not reliable enough for ethical use. “Current face matching technology raises serious ethical concerns,” Taser – which quietly renamed itself Axon in 2017 after its line of police body cameras – stated in a blog post on Thursday, announcing that “Axon will not be commercializing face matching products on our body matching cameras at this time.” The company’s decision follows the first report from its independent AI and Policing Technology Ethics Board, which concluded the tech was “not yet reliable enough to justify its use on body-worn cameras” and “expressed particular concern regarding evidence of unequal and unreliable performance across races, ethnicities, genders and other identity groups.”
Source: Pot, meet kettle: TASER calls out facial recognition in police body cameras as unethical

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