Amazon Buckles to Pressure Over Police Use of Facial Recognition

Civil rights groups have long for a moratorium on Rekognition


As a national spotlight remains focused on police brutality, Amazon is implementing a one-year moratorium on the use of its facial recognition technology by police departments.

This marks a significant reversal for Amazon, which, until now, had not been swayed by calls from dozens of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union not to sell the technology to law enforcement because people of color are disproportionately harmed by police practices. Amazon’s technology, known as Rekognition, they argue, could exacerbate the problem.

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