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The ACLU is demanding that Amazon stop selling facial recognition technology to the government after the rights group obtained documents showing how the technology giant is marketing the product to law enforcement.
The ACLU and a coalition of rights groups on Tuesday sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos warning of the threat that such surveillance technology poses in the hands of police.
“Amazon Rekognition is primed for abuse in the hands of governments,” the letter reads. “This product poses a grave threat to communities, including people of color and immigrants, and to the trust and respect Amazon has worked to build.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Using public records requests, ACLU’s California chapter obtained more than a hundred pages of documents showing Amazon’s work with law enforcement agencies in Orlando, Fla. and Oregon to deploy the technology, which Amazon calls “Rekognition.”
The Hill also reported:
In the letter to Bezos, the ACLU argued that Rekognition could be improperly used by law enforcement authorities to target and track minorities, immigrants and political protesters. The letter was also signed by groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Media Justice.
“We know that putting this technology into the hands of already brutal and unaccountable law enforcement agencies places both democracy and dissidence at great risk,” Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Center for Media Justice, said in a statement.
“Amazon should never be in the business of aiding and abetting racial discrimination and xenophobia — but that’s exactly what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is doing when he sells these loosely regulated facial recognition tools to local police departments.”