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Investors Ask Amazon Not to Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police

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Nineteen Amazon shareholders, including several firms, asked Amazon to refrain from selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement, citing privacy concerns. The online retail giant began marketing Rekognition, the facial recognition software, to law enforcement agencies after its 2016 introduction. The shareholders sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos explaining their apprehension.

Such government surveillance infrastructure technology may not only pose a privacy threat to customers and other stakeholders across the country, but may also raise substantial risks for our company, negatively impacting our company’s stock valuation and increasing financial risk for shareholders.

Read more at The New York Times.