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Activist Shareholders Push Amazon to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Software

7 monthes ago   |   By Fortune

A group of activist shareholders are proposing that Amazon stop selling facial recognition software to government agencies until its board determines the technology doesn't threaten people's civil rights.
The investors, including the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, a member of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, filed a resolution on the subject to be voted on at Amazon's annual meeting later this year.
Civil rights groups blasted Amazon in 2018 for marketing its Rekognition service to police departments and government agencies. Thursday's resolution, organized by...
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Amazon investors are cranking up the pressure on Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies

Amazon investors are cranking up the pressure on Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies

7 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

Amazon shareholders with shares worth $1.32 billion have filed a resolution aimed at stopping the company selling its controversial facial recognition technology to government agencies.
The five investors want Amazon's board to investigate the technology and conclude it "does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights."
It is the first time an investor proposal has been put forward on the Rekognition software, and could be the first of its kind at any US company.
Civil liberties organizations, academics, and Amazon employees have all protested...
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