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Microsoft, Despite Privacy Pledge, Funded an Israeli Firm That Surveils West Bank Palestinians

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Microsoft has invested in a startup that uses facial recognition to surveil Palestinians throughout the West Bank, in spite of the tech giant’s public pledge to avoid using the technology if it encroaches on democratic freedoms.

The firm AnyVision’s technology lets customers identify individuals and objects in any live camera feed, such as a security camera or a smartphone, and then track targets as they move between different feeds.

AnyVision’s technology powers a secret military surveillance project throughout the West Bank.

AnyVision’s technology has also been used by Israeli police to track suspects through the Israeli-controlled streets of East Jerusalem, where 3 of 5 residents are Palestinian.

Curated from NBC News

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