Amazon says police can't use its face recognition
11 June 2020 16:39 GMT

Amazon has implemented a one-year moratorium on police use of Rekognition, its face recognition tool.

The e-commerce giant will continue to allow organizations like Thorn, the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Marinus Analytics to use Amazon Rekognition to help rescue human trafficking victims and reunite missing children with their families.

"We’ve advocated that governments should put in place stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology, and in recent days, Congress appears ready to take on this challenge. We hope this one-year moratorium might give Congress enough time to implement appropriate rules, and we stand ready to help if requested".

Earlier this week, IBM said it was putting a halt to face recognition use in the wake of racial profiling charges and the aftermath of the George Floyd movement. 

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