Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Spy Deals: Amazon Sells Facial Recognition Tech to US Cops for Pennies

Spy Deals: Amazon Sells Facial Recognition Tech to US Cops for Pennies

According to the documents obtained by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or Northern California, Rekognition is now being used by the County Police of Orlando, Florida and Washington to identify people in real-time. In Orlando, Amazon Reckognition is using footage rolls from cameras all over the city to search for people of interest for the county police. Its impressive Rekognition technology is the flawless tool for government entities wishing to obliterate the idea of personal privacy.

"People should be free to walk down the street without being watched by the government", the groups wrote in a letter to Amazon. "It automates mass surveillance, threatens people's freedom to live their private lives outside the government's gaze, and is primed to amplify bias and inequality in the criminal justice system". "In overpoliced communities of colour, it could effectively eliminate it".

In New Zealand supermarkets giant Foodstuffs has defended its use of facial recognition technology to help combat shoplifters. Cagle says the resulting documents show a company eager to push law enforcement customers toward real-time facial recognition and connect it to other devices, such as officer body cameras.

"Amazon's Rekognition raises profound civil liberties and civil rights concerns", the ACLU said. Additionally, Rekognition has access to only eight city-owned cameras.

The ACLU sent the open letter to Bezos knowing that the Amazon CEO was one of the first public figures to criticize Trump's Muslim ban past year.

Moreover Amazon sees that the main market for the "Rekognition" will be the governmental agencies use.

In a written statement, the Orlando Police Department called the Amazon facial recognition system a "pilot program" and said it "will be used in accordance with current and applicable law".

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In an emailed statement, Amazon Web Services stressed that it required all of its customers to comply with the law and to be responsible in the use of its products. "Once powerful surveillance systems like these are built and deployed, the harm will be extremely hard to undo", writes the ACLU.

"With Rekognition Video, you can track each person within a shot and through the video across shots", it says. There, Rekognition project director Ranju Das told the crowd: "There are cameras all over the city".

Early a year ago, the company began courting the Washington County Sheriff's Office outside of Portland, Ore., eager to promote how it was using Amazon's service for recognizing faces, emails obtained by the A.C.L.U. show. As a technology, Amazon Rekognition has many useful applications in the real world (e.g., various agencies have used Rekognition to find abducted people, amusement parks use Rekognition to find lost children, the royal wedding that just occurred this past weekend used Rekognition to identify wedding attendees, etc.). It is deemed that the technology could be used for arresting suspicious people and its fallacious nature can axe the right to privacy of the public. "We are not putting a camera out on a street corner", Deputy Jeff Talbot, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said in the Associated Press story, published Tuesday in the LA Times.

They do that by creating a database of hundreds of thousands of mugshots.

Mr. Adzima ended up writing a blog post for Amazon about how the sheriff's office was using Rekognition.

A systems analyst with the sheriff's office wrote he was, "hoping to expand our backend of images to every law enforcement agency in the metro Portland area".

Amazon Rekognition helps to analyze tens of millions of faces and detect up to 100 faces in challenging crowded photos and counts the Orlando police department among its customers.

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