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Amazon employees protest sale of facial recognition tech to law enforcement
2018-06-22T01:46:13Z - Ali Breland / Hacker News
A group of Amazon employees are pressuring company leadership to stop selling its facial recognition software to law enforcement and to stop providing services to companies who work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “We refuse to build the platform that powers ICE, and we refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights. After the ACLU reported on Amazon providing facial recognition software to law enforcement, a slew of critics lined up to condemn Amazon’s work, including 40 civil rights organizations as well as members of Congress, including the entire Congressional Black Caucus. They worry that marginalized groups, including African Americans who are already less likely to be accurately identified by facial recognition technology, could suffer at the hands of the technology. In addition to not selling their facial recognition tool to law enforcement and dropping Palantir from AWS, Amazon employees also asked Bezos to introduce “strong transparency and accountability measures” for Amazon’s products including “enumerating which law enforcement agencies and companies supporting law enforcement agencies are using Amazon services, and how.”Their letter follows a similar letter my Microsoft employees calling on the company too to drop its more than $19 million contract with ICE.

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