October 30, 2018
New details have emerged about how Amazon markets its controversial facial recognition tech, Rekognition, to law enforcement.
Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show that the internet giant provided the Orlando Police Department with ‘tens of thousands of dollars worth of technology’ for free.
It comes after Orlando decided to renew its Rekognition contract with Amazon in July, after it expired in June.
As part of the deal, Amazon has required Orlando to sign a nondisclosure agreement about the pilot, meaning that details about it wouldn’t be publicly available.
Amazon defended this and the decision to let Orlando use the technology for free.
‘Providing customers with an opportunity to test technology with free credits is a common practice in the industry and something we offer to many of our customers with various AWS services,’ an Amazon Web Services spokesperson told BuzzFeed.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 8:09 am