Links for 2018-05-23

  • ACLU to Amazon: Get out of the surveillance business

    This is a fair point from the ACLU:

    Already, Rekognition is in use in Florida and Oregon. Government agencies in California and Arizona have sought information about it, too. And Amazon didn’t just sell Rekognition to law enforcement, it’s actively partnering with them to ensure that authorities can fully utilize Rekognition’s capabilities. Amazon has branded itself as customer-centric, opposed secret government surveillance, and has a CEO who publicly supported First Amendment freedoms and spoke out against the discriminatory Muslim Ban. Yet, Amazon is powering dangerous surveillance that poses a grave threat to customers and communities already unjustly targeted in the current political climate. We must make it clear to Amazon that we won’t stand by and let it pad its bottom line by selling out our civil rights.

    (tags: aclu amazon rekognition facial-recognition faces law privacy data-privacy civil-rights)

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