Microsoft has voiced its opposition to a Washington state bill on facial-recognition technology it claims is too restrictive, Wired reports. The bipartisan rules would no longer allow state and local governments to use facial-recognition tech until it meets certain requirements, such as a report from the state attorney general that states the technology in use is not biased against any group of individuals. Microsoft has already backed a different state bill on the technology that would require any facial-recognition software to clearly explain what it does and for customers to be informed when they are analyzed. “They want the default to be that you cannot use this technology,” said Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Wash. “I don’t believe in the premise of government deciding that a commercial application can or can’t be used.” (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's Note: Editor's Note: Kate Kaye wrote about facial-recognition accuracy testing in this piece for Privacy Tech.
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