De la moralité opportuniste des spécialistes de la reconnaissance faciale

Arvind Krishna, CEO d’IBM, dans une lettre au Congrès américain :

IBM no longer offers general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software. IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency. We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.

Amazon :

We’re implementing a one-year moratorium on police use of Amazon’s facial recognition technology. We will continue to allow organizations like Thorn, the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Marinus Analytics to use Amazon Rekognition to help rescue human trafficking victims and reunite missing children with their families.

Nick Statt, The Verge :

“As a result of the principles that we’ve put in place, we do not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States today,” Smith told The Washington Post. “But I do think this is a moment in time that really calls on us to listen more, to learn more, and most importantly, to do more. Given that, we’ve decided that we will not sell facial recognition to police departments in the United States until we have a national law in place ground in human rights that will govern this technology.”

Ces déclarations sont de petits miracles de novlangue médiatique, dont les non-dits ouvrent la porte aux futures exceptions. Bref, on reparle dans dix-huit mois. (Et peut-être moins si ces entreprises peuvent se cacher derrière les décisions d’un éventuel président démocrate.)