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ACLU to Amazon: Stop marketing facial recognition tech to governments

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue May 22, 2018 11:42 pm

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The American Civil Liberties Union demanded Amazon stop marketing facial recognition technology to government agencies, citing possible civil rights violations.

The ACLU Foundations of California released emails Tuesday between Amazon and law enforcement agencies in Orlando, Fla., and the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon regarding the facial recognition technology called Rekognition, which is powered by artificial intelligence.

The team of three ACLU affiliates in California said in a release the 147 pages of documents, which include the emails, reveal how Amazon and its subsidiary Amazon Web Services marketed the facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies. The document release capped a six-month investigation into how Amazon has helped agencies deploy the technology.

The ACLU Foundations of California said it objects to Amazon's marketing of Rekognition to these agencies based on privacy concerns and the potential for discriminatory abuse. It sent a letter Tuesday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding his company stop marketing the product to government agencies.

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