Microsoft Stops Selling Emotion-Reading Tech, Limits Face Recognition | Investing News

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Tuesday said it would stop selling technology that guesses based on one’s facial image and would no longer provide unfettered access to facial recognition technology.

The actions reflect efforts by leading cloud providers to rein in sensitive technologies as lawmakers in the United States and Europe continue to weigh broad legal limits.

Since at least last year, Microsoft has been reviewing how emotion recognition systems are rooted in science.

“These efforts raise important questions about privacy, the lack of consensus on a definition of ’emotion,’ and the inability to generalize between facial expressions and emotional states across use cases, regions, and demographics,” Sarah Bird, principal group product manager at Microsoft’s Azure AI unit, said in a blog post.

Existing customers will have access to artificial intelligence tools that purport to infer emotion, gender, age, smile, facial hair, hair and makeup a year ago.

Alphabet Inc’s Google Cloud embarked on a similar evaluation last year, first reported by Reuters.Google blocked 13 planned emotions from reading emotion and placed under review four existing ones, such as joy and sorrow. It was weighing a new system that would describe movements such as frowning and smiling, without seeking to attach them to an emotion.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Microsoft also said customers must now obtain approval to use its facial recognition services, which can enable people to log into websites or open a door through a face scan.

The company called on clients to avoid situations that infringe on privacy or in which technology might struggle, such as identifying minors, but did not explicitly ban those uses.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by David Gregorio)

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