Shareholders Press Amazon to Use Care with Facial Recognition

Reading Time: 1 minute

A shareholder initiative is now underway, aimed at urging Amazon to use caution in licensing its Rekognition facial recognition technology to government agencies:

Citing critical concerns over immigrant surveillance of vulnerable communities, racial profiling, and other civil and human rights violations, Amazon shareholders have filed a resolution asking the company to prohibit sales of “Rekognition”, Amazon’s facial recognition technology, to government agencies — unless the company’s Board concludes the technology does not pose actual or potential civil and human rights risk.

SHAREHOLDERS PRESS AMAZON TO STOP SELLING RACIALLY BIASED SURVEILLANCE TECH TO GOVERNMENT

The move is being coordinated by OpenMic. There is good reason to have concern about government agencies using these technologies without strong safeguards in place. We do not want to go anywhere near the path that China is pursuing.

2 comments

  1. Amazon does what it minimally needs to do in order to be able to tell good PR stories that help them attract best/brightest employees. The culture is ultimately about individual ambition. Bezos is all about domination, andf the net impact on employees, environment, regional quality of life, is irrelevant to the cult of Amazon.

    • I don’t really have a good lens into the internal culture there despite living in the same city. How do you think that culture of individual ambition maps against the company’s famed obsession with customers?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign up here for the latest articles. You can opt out at any time.


Subscribe by email:



Or subscribe by RSS:

Subscribe-by-RSS---Orange-Background