It was a long-standing request of some organizations in the Usa such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Wednesday, 10 June, Amazon decided to ban the police to use its facial recognition software, Rekognition, for a year. "We are advocating regulations that are more stringent government on the ethical use of the technologies of facial recognition, and the Congress seems ready for the challenge", said on Wednesday the giant of online commerce in a press release. Amazon hopes that the Congress will have the time of the year to put in place a regulation.
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Since the death of George Floyd, an African-American, was asphyxiated by a white policeman two weeks ago, the enterprises, as well as national and local authorities and attempt to react to the pressure of the street and social networks. The demonstrators require in-depth reforms of the police and of surveillance systems, which they believe that they are targeting black people disproportionately. The House of representatives, democratic majority, has submitted on Monday a bill that aims to "change the culture" within the police forces of the United States. It intends to create a national registry for police officers committing burrs, facilitate the prosecution of the agents and rethink their recruitment and training.
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The pressure up a notch Tuesday, when associations fighting against racial inequalities have urged Amazon to stop all technological collaboration with the american police force. In their petition online, they accuse the group of Seattle to "feed and take advantage of the systematic injustice, inequality and violence against black communities".
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"It took two years for Amazon to get there, but we are pleased that the company has finally recognized the dangers of facial recognition for people of color, as well as in terms of civil rights in general," responded Wednesday, Nicole Ozer, director of technology, and freedoms to a branch in california of the ACLU. She wanted the multinational company also ceases to sell the cameras Ring ", which feed the police interventions that are excessive against people of color".
Amazon had acknowledged in October that, "as with all technologies, the facial recognition could be "mis-used". She had ensured that their teams provided guidance to all clients in the (software) Rekognition, "including the forces of law and order, the proper way of using it." The group of Jeff Bezos has stated that the moratorium would not apply to organizations that use Rekognition to save victims of human trafficking or find missing children, as a Thorn, or the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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IBM announced Monday it may suspend the sale of software of face recognition for identification purposes and is "opposed to the use of any technology for the monitoring of mass, racial profiling, and violations of rights and freedoms human base". During a speech in Brussels, Sundar Pichai, the boss of Google, had explained in January that Google would not provide turn-key service of facial recognition so that rules and safeguards were not put in place by the authorities. Nicole Ozer called "Microsoft and the others to join IBM, Google and Amazon to move to the right side of history".