• Along with Amazon, companies like Microsoft and IBM have also temporarily stopped selling their software to police around the same time last year
According to the statement issued by tech giant Amazon on Tuesday, it has decided to continue to ban police use of its face-recognition technology known as ‘Rekognition’ beyond the one-year ban which was announced last year.
Ever since there were incidents of violence in the country, several technology companies including Amazon have been under pressure from civil rights activists and their own workers to stop the sale of face-recognition technology to law enforcement agencies. Civil rights activists claim that law enforcement agencies incorrectly identify people with darker skin.
In wake of the growing pressure from civil rights activists, the world’s biggest e-commerce company made an announcement in June last year that it would pause use of its facial-recognition technology, Rekognition, for a year. Along with Amazon, companies like Microsoft and IBM have also temporarily stopped selling their software to police around the same time last year.