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16 Oct 2019

Todd Bishop, GeekWire

Amazon announces facial recognition support after own technology faces privacy concerns

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"Bezos: Facial recognition 'a perfect example' of the need for regulation, and Amazon is working on it", 25 September 2019

[At an Amazon press reception, Jeff Bezos said] ... “It makes a lot of sense for there to be some standards in how [facial recognition] works, and that kind of stability would be probably healthy for the whole industry. It’s a perfect example of where regulation is needed... Our public policy team is actually working on facial recognition regulation.” ...Facial recognition is one of the biggest areas where Amazon has come under scrutiny from privacy and civil rights activists, largely because of the use of its Rekognition technology by law enforcement... Amazon’s practice of selling its Rekognition software to police rankles civil rights groups, like the ACLU, who worry the technology will negatively impact over-policed communities. The ACLU and other researchers have published studies that show facial recognition technology misidentifies women and people of color more frequently because of the training data the software is fed.