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Amazon’s ‘Rekognition’ real time facial recognition software is being used by police in Orlando and Oregon’s Washington County, privacy advocates reveal

Daily Mail [1]
May 23, 2018

Amazon is drawing the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other privacy advocates after an investigation found that it has been marketing powerful facial recognition tools to police.

The tool, called ‘Rekognition’, was first released in 2016, but has since been selling it on the cheap to several police departments around the country, listing the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon and the city of Orlando, Florida among its customers.

The ACLU and other organizations are now calling on Amazon to stop marketing the product to law enforcement, saying they could use the technology to ‘easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone’.

Police appear to be using Rekognition to check photographs of unidentified suspects against a database of mug shots from the county jail.

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