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Amazon shareholders want to vote for facial recognition tech

On a technical basis, it does not approve. Still, it would "endanger or violate privacy or civil rights and disproportionately impact people of color, immigrants and activists."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tested Amazon's tech and falsely matched it 28 members of Congress to suspected criminals, struggling particularly with people of color. Amazon argued that the tech was not used in the right way, but that claim was undermined by a US police department in Oregon that uses it.

Amazon: New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse; instead, there should be open, honest, and earnest dialogue.

Recognition uses deep learning. It could be used for instance, to scan crowds of people to see if they are in criminal databases. The ACLU and others have been legitimate demonstrations and other activities. Amazon was recently questioned about the technology in Congress after attempting to law enforcement, immigration officials and others.

Amazon has said that the technology helps identify criminals and missing persons. "It's critical that any legislation protects civil rights, and thus allows for continued innovation and practical applications of technology," they wrote. Amazon's board has recommended that.


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