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Amazon’s New Facial Recognition System Raises Serious Privacy Concerns

The Infinite Brief
Amazon has developed a powerful and dangerous new facial recognition system and is actively helping governments deploy it. Amazon calls the service “Rekognition.”

Powered by artificial intelligence, Rekognition can identify, track, and analyze people in real time and recognize up to 100 people in a single image. It can quickly scan information it collects against databases featuring tens of millions of faces, according to Amazon.

The company’s materials describe “person tracking” as an “easy and accurate” way to investigate and monitor people.

The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights organizations demanded that Amazon stop allowing governments to use Rekognition.

Originally via ACLU

Amazon, which got its start selling books and still bills itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company,” has officially entered the surveillance business.

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