Amazon pauses police use of Its facial recognition software

 

Source: Karen Weise & Natasha Singer, N.Y.Times ( Paid Registration )

Amazon said that it was putting a one-year pause on letting the police use its facial recognition tool, in a major sign of the growing concerns that the technology may lead to unfair treatment of African-Americans.

On Monday, IBM said it would stop selling facial recognition products, and last year, the leading maker of police body cameras banned the use of facial recognition on its products at the recommendation of its independent ethics board, which said the technology “is not currently reliable enough to ethically justify its use.” Google has advocated a temporary ban on the technology.

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