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Opinion: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition technology to police

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Opinion: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition technology to police

Amazon boasts on its website:

Amazon boasts on its website: "Rekognition’s fast and accurate search capability allows you to identify a person in a photo or video using your private repository of face images."

Official Amazon Rekognition website

Amazon boasts on its website: "Rekognition’s fast and accurate search capability allows you to identify a person in a photo or video using your private repository of face images."

Official Amazon Rekognition website

Official Amazon Rekognition website

Amazon boasts on its website: "Rekognition’s fast and accurate search capability allows you to identify a person in a photo or video using your private repository of face images."

Gavin Mitten, Guest Writer

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Amazon’s newly built product called Amazon Rekognition allows police to search a database of images and find a match, leading to the discovery of criminals, while invading innocent people’s privacy.

Civil rights groups are demanding that Amazon discontinue the production of Rekognition, as they should because it limits people’s rights.

In an article from USA Today called, “Amazon should stop selling facial recognition software to police, ACLU and other rights groups say,” Elizabeth Weise said, “[Rekognition] could be used to unfairly target protesters, immigrants, and any person just going about their daily business.”

The United States government could destroy innocent people’s families and lives if Rekognition is used to incriminate people speaking their opinion and hard-working people who contribute greatly to society, who just happen to be illegal immigrants.

Rekognition also poses a huge risk to a large portion of the United States’ population. Weise said, “This product poses a grave threat to communities, including people of color.”

It’s a known fact that African American people are targeted and abused by some federal officers, and Rekognition will just further that targeting and abuse because innocent African Americans will be punished for no reason, as they have been for years.

People of wealth that are of celebrity status are also one of the many groups that are targeted by Rekogntion. In an article called “Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police” from ABC News, Gene Johnson said, “British broadcaster Sky News used Rekognition to help viewers identify celebrities at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last weekend.”

Stalkers in the police force could end up using Rekognition to track and stalk people who are wealthy and popular, invading celebrities’ privacy, which is invaded so much due to news agencies.

Amazon should not be permitted to provide government agencies with Rekognition because it will further discrimination, punish innocent people, invade people’s privacy, and increase the amount of stalking, making society very similar to some dystopian novels.

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