IBM advocates for US to limit facial recognition exports

According to ZDNet, IBM has asked the US Department of Commerce (DoC) to limit the export of facial recognition systems, particularly to countries that could potentially use it for human rights violations. In a letter, IBM call in particular for (a) the updating of the crime control country groups to reflect a country’s human rights record; (b) imposing new export controls on ‘1-to-many’ facial recognition software; (c) making any export controls multilateral through the Wassenaar Arrangement or other mechanisms. The letter also indicates that IBM no longer offers general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software.