Amazon to face the music on facial recognition at AGM

Amazon wants to sell its facial recognition technology to US police forces but is facing opposition at its forthcoming AGM.

The Rekognition system is advanced, but many believe that the company should not sell it to government agencies on moral grounds and some question whether it may infringe people's civil rights.

The two issues are to be put to a shareholder’s vote, despite attempts by Amazon to block the voting – an attempt that was overruled by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The issue is the latest in a line of questions that ‘big tech’ needs to answer as the impact of such technology become ubiquitous, and its technical prowess allows personal identification at all levels.

Amazon, for its part, has stated that it believes that the sale to enforcement agencies would not constitute a ‘harmful’ use of such technology.

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