Microsoft deletes facial recognition database

Microsoft deletes database that had been used to train facial recognition technology

The MSCelebs database was used to train facial recognition systems for a number of agencies.
The MSCelebs database was used to train facial recognition systems for a number of agencies.

Microsoft has deleted a database of celebrity images that was being used in training facial recognition systems.

The database had been widely deployed to train their facial recognition software, including for police and military uses.

The MSCeleb database of ten million images of around 100,000 people, mainly images of British and American actors taken from the internet, but also included images of other people with a public profile.

Microsoft said it has deleted the database because the person who curated it had now left the company.

The company has also called on US politicians to improve regulation of facial recognition, and has also refused permission to police in California to use the technology for car and bocy cameras, amid growing concerns that face recognition is infringing on civil liberties.

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