Microsoft is deleting its MS Celeb database, which contains more than 10 million images of some 100,000 people.
The database was originally published in 2016, described by Microsoft as the largest publicly available facial recognition data set in the world, and used to train facial recognition systems by global tech firms and military researchers.
The deletion comes not long after FT.comran an in-depth investigation on facial recognition technology, and Microsoft’s role in it.
Microsoft explained the data set’s deletion as a simple matter of protocol. “The site was intended for academic purposes,” it said. “It was run by an employee that is no longer with Microsoft.”