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Amazon pauses police use of facial recognition

Amazon pauses police use of facial recognition

Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday said it was implementing a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, reversing its long-time support of selling the technology to law enforcement.

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Amazon on Wednesday said it was putting a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, a major reversal of its long-time defense of law enforcement's use of the technology.

The announcement comes after IBM said earlier this week that it would stop selling facial recognition products.

Activists have voiced concern that facial recognition could lead to unjust arrests during demonstrations against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death last month.

Critics have also questioned the accuracy of the technology, pointing to Amazon's so-called "Rekognition" service that had struggled to identify the gender of individuals with darker skin in a past study.

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