'Last week, the ACLU of Northern California revealed that Amazon’s Rekognition face surveillance software identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been previously arrested for a crime. The only problem? They were false matches. Unsurprisingly, the 28 members of Congress falsely matched to the mugshot database were disproportionately people of color. While Congress is only 20 percent people of color, they were 40 percent of those falsely matched by Rekognition.
Lawmakers reacted swiftly to the report. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ed Markey (D-MA) fired off a letter to 39 federal law enforcement agencies, among them ICE and the FBI, demanding information about how they use face surveillance technologies. Senator Markey and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) also sent a letter to Jeff Bezos himself, asking the billionaire for more details about Rekognition and a list of its government users.
Rekognition’s failure to accurately recognize Congress members comes on the heels of demands from the ACLU, a coalition of 70 civil rights, civil liberties, religious, and community organizations, hundreds of thousands of petition signatories, and Amazon shareholders that Amazon stop selling its face surveillance technology to law enforcement and other government entities. Employees later joined in by publicly asking Bezos to stop selling Rekognition to law enforcement and demanding more transparency about the company’s contracts with police departments and federal agencies like ICE.
Citing concerns that face surveillance technology violates privacy and free speech rights, and will exacerbate racial biases in policing, the ACLU has called for a moratorium on government use.'
Read more: Hear no evil, see no evil: Amazon pledges to continue selling face surveillance technology to cops
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