Amazon Told Employees it Will Still Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police

The retailer drew criticism for pitching "Rekognition" to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Controversial facial recognition technology needs to be regulated, according to some experts. (Getty Images)
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Amazon told its employees in a private, all-hands meeting that it will continue to sell its facial recognition software to police and the U.S. government, despite the backlash it has received from immigrant rights groups.

Amazon Web Services CEO Andrew Jassy told employees at the Thursday meeting that the company feels “really great” about “the value that Amazon Rekognition is providing our customers of all sizes,” The Verge reported.

Research conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union has shown that Rekognition’s accuracy is “deeply flawed,” according to The Verge, and that the system shows inherent racial bias. Earlier this year, Amazon came under fire for pitching Rekognition for use by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The software is currently being used by local law enforcement agencies in Florida and Oregon.

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