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Microsoft has reported that it will no longer invest in third-party facial recognition companies after a controversy over its funding of the Israeli startup AnyVision, which according to critics and human rights activists launched a surveillance program in the West Bank following an NBC News report on the company's relationship with the Israeli government.
The company has researched on its own and indicates that AnyVision has not launched any mass surveillance program in the West Bank, but will still dispose of AnyVision and that it will no longer make minority investments in any facial recognition company.
On the subject, he indicated: 
For Microsoft, the audit process reinforced the challenges of being a minority investor in a company that sells sensitive technology, since such investments generally do not allow the level of supervision or control that Microsoft exercises over the use of its technology. 
Microsoft's focus has shifted to business relationships that allow the company more oversight and control over the use of sensitive technologies. Although they don't invest in other companies, they still have their facial recognition technology through their Azure cloud computing platform. This is API Face and allows any developer to include facial recognition in their applications relatively easily. Microsoft guarantees that they would never sell facial recognition for surveillance purposes, and they keep the promise.

Microsoft Will No Longer Invest in Facial-Recognition Tech ...

It is unclear whether Microsoft's new investment position means that it is still able to acquire facial recognition firms or whether it is making any adjustments to its use of internal facial recognition software as a result of the change in address.
It is a controversial issue that worries much of society. It's a fact: The stored data on the faces of people in a country could be used by police and governments to monitor citizens without their consent, violating privacy and human rights laws. It is difficult to control it, and when in doubt it is preferred in many cases not to apply it.

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