IBM is pulling out of the facial recognition market due to increased scrutiny over contracts with law enforcement amidst violent crackdowns on peaceful protest. IBM chief executive, Arvind Krishna, explained the companies decision in an open letter to the US congress. Additional commentary in The Guardian. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Amazon will pause police use of facial recognition technology for 12 months, while Microsoft will ban sales of facial recognition technology to police until federal regulation. Elsewhere, this map illustrates the usage of facial recognition around the world, highlighting 109 countries that are either using or have approved the technology, sourcesecurity.com reports.