Ama­zon halts po­lice use of face-recog­ni­tion sys­tem

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEMBERIN­G -

NEW YORK — Ama­zon on Wed­nes­day banned po­lice use of its face-recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy for a year, mak­ing it the lat­est tech gi­ant to step back from law-en­force­ment use of sys­tems that have faced crit­i­cism for in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fy­ing peo­ple with darker skin.

The Seat­tle-based company did not say why it took ac­tion now. On­go­ing protests fol­low­ing the death of Ge­orge Floyd have fo­cused at­ten­tion on racial in­jus­tice in the U.S. and how po­lice use tech­nol­ogy to track peo­ple.

Law en­force­ment agen­cies use fa­cial recog­ni­tion to iden­tify sus­pects, but crit­ics say it can be mis­used. A num­ber of U.S. cities have banned its use by po­lice and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies, led by San Fran­cisco last year.

In a blog post Wed­nes­day, Ama­zon said that it hoped Congress would put in place stronger reg­u­la­tions for fa­cial recog­ni­tion.

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