June 27, 2018
Amazon’s facial recognition software is no longer being used in Orlando, government and police officials said in a joint statement this week, in the wake of criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union.
The tool, Amazon Rekognition, is directly marketed to U.S. law enforcement, and the ACLU in May revealed that the Florida city had used it since 2017. On Monday, the ACLU called for the “secretive” program to be scrapped, noting that it lacked public consent and could potentially be exploited to “conduct mass location tracking of residents without criminal suspicion.”
The city has decided to drop the scheme, for now at least, noting that the Rekognition pilot had expired last week. “Staff continues to discuss and evaluate whether to recommend continuation of the pilot at a further date,” police and government officials told floridapolitics.com on Monday.
“At this time that process in still ongoing and the contract with Amazon remains expired. Partnering with innovative companies to test new technology—while also ensuring we uphold privacy laws and in no way violate the rights of others—is critical to us as we work to […] keep our community safe.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6:53 am