We write today to express our profound concerns about your company’s facial recognition system, Rekognition. We demand that Amazon stop powering a government surveillance infrastructure that poses a grave threat to customers and communities across the country. Amazon should not be in the business of providing surveillance systems like Rekognition to the government. Amazon touts itself as a customer-centric company and directs its leadership to “work vigorously to earn and keep customer trust.”1 In the past, Amazon has opposed secret government surveillance.2 And you have personally supported First Amendment freedoms and spoken out against the discriminatory Muslim Ban.3 But Amazon’s Rekognition product runs counter to these values. As advertised, Rekognition is a powerful surveillance system readily available to violate rights and target communities of color.Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.
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