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Amazon workers oppose sale of the co's technology to US immigration
Author: Anthony Cuthbertson, The Independent, Published on: 12 July 2018
[Amazon workers] have written to the company's CEO, Jeff Bezos, to protest the sale of facial recognition tools and other technology to police departments and government agencies. [They] cite the use of Amazon technology by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which have been criticised for enforcing Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, which has seen parents separated from their children at the US border... The letter comes days after 19 Amazon shareholders wrote to Mr Bezos urging him to halt the sale of facial recognition to police and government agencies... The American Civil Liberties Union revealed (...) how Amazon is marketing its powerful AWS Rekognition tool to law enforcement agencies, a practice the workers claim is making the firm implicit in alleged human rights abuses... In their letter to Mr Bezos, the Amazon workers said they would "refuse to build the platform" which powers ICE, or any technology used to violate human rights... Amazon refused to provide a comment on the record about the letter...