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Amazon’s Investors – Nuns Included – Pressure CEO Over Facial Recognition Software

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Amazon’s facial recognition software is continuing to draw protests from human rights groups and employees, as well as the company’s own investors. A shareholder’s resolution was issued Thursday insisting Amazon stop selling Amazon Web Services’ Rekognition software to government and law enforcement agencies. The resolution was filed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood as shareholders and as members of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment.

“We filed this proposal because we are concerned that Amazon has pitched facial recognition technology to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and piloted its Rekognition with police departments, without fully assessing potential human rights impacts,” Sister Patricia Mahoney said in a statement.

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