24 May Amazon Stands with Decision to Share Facial Recognition Tech with Law Enforcement
Earlier this week, Amazon defended its position to provide US police with its facial recognition technology, saying that “quality of life would be much worse” if technologies are not used because of how they can be abused by others.
This was said in response to criticisms from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others that called the ecommercel giant’s Rekognition software guide “a user manual for authoritarian surveillance”.
Amazon said that fears over misuse of the technology should not inhibit use of facial recognition to fight crime. However, ACLU lawyer Matt Cagle said that Amazon may be rushing into the surveillance market with no meaningful restrictions to limit how governments can use the technology, and both local governments and local law enforcement not adopting their own restrictions.