Over last couple of years facial recognition technologies have come pretty far as most smartphone manufacturers are shipping their smartphones with the technology along with pc manufacturers. While the technology has a number of benefits, it also contains potential setbacks on user privacy. In an attempt to improve privacy of users, Microsoft has wiped out its facial recognition database.
In case you didn’t know, Microsoft released its facial recognition database named MS Celeb few years earlier. The database contained over 10 million images in an attempt to train facial recognition systems. While at first it seemed that the database contained images of celebrities, later reports revealed that it contained images of other individuals. However, the company claimed that the recent wipe isn’t because of this.
Recently, Microsoft told the Financial Times, “The site was intended for academic purposes. It was run by an employee that is no longer with Microsoft.”
This latest news comes as the company recently trying to get legal authorities regulate the technology in the coming years as the technology is set to become more popular in the coming years.