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Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Face Recognition Technology

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Marketing materials and documents obtained by ACLU affiliates in three states reveal a product that can be readily used to violate civil liberties and civil rights. Powered by artificial intelligence, Rekognition can identify, track, and analyze people in real time and recognize up to 100 people in a single image. It can quickly scan information it collects against databases featuring tens of millions of faces, according to Amazon.

    Amazon is marketing Rekognition for government surveillance. According to its marketing materials, it views deployment by law enforcement agencies as a “common use case” for this technology. Among other features, the company’s materials describe “person tracking” as an “easy and accurate” way to investigate and monitor people. Amazon says Rekognition can be used to identify “people of interest” raising the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments — such as undocumented immigrants or Black activists — will be seen as fair game for Rekognition surveillance. It also says Rekognition can monitor “all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places such as airports” — at a time when Americans are joining public protests at unprecedented levels.

  2. shea

    RIP Supporter

    Obviously a drop in the proverbial bucket, but I guess I'll be canceling my Prime membership...

    What the fuck.
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  3. Mibabalou

    MUFC / NYRB Prestigious

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  4. slickdtc

    Regular Supporter

    Rekognition sounds like some evil, dystopian entity. They couldn’t give it a softer name? iSpy? Oh, Apple has that already?

    Really though, at least it’s out there to be scrutinized. Imagine these type of technologies being used for nefarious purposes without our knowledge. Or maybe that’s already going on... I don’t know.

    Just seems so.. bad. But I don’t know if we can really avoid where technology is going or allowing us to go.
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  5. Serenity Now

    deliver us from e-mail Supporter

    Some black mirror shiz right here.
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  6. Super cool Amazon has a camera product they want to put in everyones house too. Super cool.
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  7. Serenity Now

    deliver us from e-mail Supporter

    It's definitely already happening...check out this from the WSJ today:
    With Pop Star as Bait, China Nabs Suspects Using Facial Recognition
  8. Malatesta

    i may get better but we won't ever get well Prestigious

  9. Malatesta

    i may get better but we won't ever get well Prestigious

    fuck the us military.
  10. marsupial jones

    make a bagel without the hole

    “Thank you for expressing your opinion. You have now been added to several master database listings.”
  11. Malatesta

    i may get better but we won't ever get well Prestigious

    figure at this point i just won't ever get a passport
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  12. shawnhyphenray


    This sounds scary
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  13. Orla

    little old lady Prestigious

    Holy yikes
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  14. raaaaaaaady

    Regular Supporter

    This makes me profoundly depressed.
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  15. SmithBerryCrunch

    Trusted Prestigious

    The show Person of Interest is coming to real life!
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  16. The Mysterious

    Yes...but a thing isn't beautiful because it lasts

    "Data is the new oil" comes to mind now every time privacy is invaded in the name of convenience. Alexa, Xbox Kinect, Google Home, nope nope nope. While in banking, I had a client who had formerly worked in programming for Apple up until 2009. Her phone was never without black electrical tape over both cameras but wouldn't talk about it when asked, only ever said, "you should be doing the same, that's all I can say."
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  17. noKings


    Holy shit... we're here:
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