The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with 35 other advocacy groups came together on Tuesday to send a letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO of the company. In the letter, the union and other groups have demanded Bezos to stop providing the technology to law enforcement.
Amazon Rekognition is a new technology by Amazon that identifies people’s faces when provided with the digital images and video. The system is used by the Oregon Police and Florida Police. It helped them to solve various crime cases. But recently the ACLU has argued that the system might be misused. The ACLU proclaimed in a blog post that government can build a system to automatically identify or track anyone with the help of Amazon’s Rekognition technology.
The ACLU is concerned about the fact that this technology might be integrated into police body cameras and surveillance feeds to track immigrants, protestors, or anyone a city wishes to monitor. It proclaimed that the people should be able to walk down the street without the fear of being watched by the government.
Till now, Amazon has not given any response to the request. Although the facial-recognition systems are playing a potential role in crime-fighting, many people are debating over harms of the system than its usefulness.
Amazon is focused on the positive aspects of the system. The company is marketing the technology as a “public safety” tool in Florida and Oregon. It has helped for law enforcement such as in identifying the criminal suspects from security camera footage. The system is able to compare a suspect’s face with available mugshots. Oregon Police has proclaimed the usefulness of the technology, as it makes possible for the officers to identify suspects in minutes that previously required a time period of 2–3 Days.
Recently, Hangzhou No. 11 High School, a Chinese high school, also has installed the facial recognition technology. The school is using the technology to monitor and analyze the behavior of students when they are in the school.
As per the information provided by the school, this technology is able to scan all classrooms in the school after every 30 Seconds. It records facial expressions of the students. It also categorizes these facial expressions into happy, angry, fearful, confused, or upset. Also, it can record various student actions such as writing, reading, raising a hand, and sleeping at a desk.
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