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Amazon shareholders reject proposed ban on selling facial recognition tech to governments

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Amazon's shareholders have rejected two proposals to stop and audit its facial recognition technology, reports Reuters. The first proposal would have required Amazon to limit the sale of its Rekognition technology to police, law enforcement, and federal agencies. The second would have demanded an independent human and civil society review into the use of that technology. It's worth noting that the vote was non-binding and the company could have rejected the resolutions. The proposals came after allegations that the AI has biases and could be used to racially discriminate against minorities. Rekognition is a facial recognition technology which runs image and video analysis of faces in real-time, and has been sold to two states in the US. Amazon has also pitched it to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What ACLU said to Amazon shareholders American civil liberties organisation the ACLU had said…

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