Police use of Amazon facial recognition service draws criticism

Ars technica and the Washington Post report that Amazon is actively courting law-enforcement agencies to use a cloud-based facial-recognition service called Rekognition that can identify people in real time. Rekognition is already being used by the Orlando Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, according to documents the ACLU obtained under Freedom of Information requests. The ACLU and more than two dozen other civil rights organizations called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling the face-recognition services to government agencies. — Joe

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