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Amazon staff to Bezos: Stop selling tech to law enforcement, Palantir
2018-06-22T15:35:02+00:00 - Peter Bright / Ars Technica
In an open letter published by Gizmodo, Amazon staff have called on CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement and government agencies, due to the potential that the tech is used to "harm the most marginalized." Further, the letter demands that Amazon stop selling AWS cloud services to data analytics firm Palantir. Additionally, the authors call on Amazon to implement transparency and accountability measures to detail how Amazon's services are used by law enforcement agencies. The ACLU recently reported that Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition technology is being sold to police departments. Google's Project Maven similarly involved the sale of image recognition technology to a government drone program.

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