In June 2020, amid protests over the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, the company announced that it would not allow the US police to use the Rekognition app for a year.
Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is extending until further notice a moratorium imposed last year on the use of facial recognition software developed by police officers in the United States. This was reported on Tuesday by the Reuters news agency.
According to him, in June last year, the company said that for one year it would not allow the US police to use the above-mentioned Rekognition application. This decision was made against the backdrop of protests in the United States in connection with the death of an African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis (Minnesota). Law enforcement officers used a hard chokehold during his detention on May 25, 2020. Shortly after, the African-American man died in the hospital.
Amazon, according to Reuters, declined to comment on the extension of the moratorium. The Rekognition app has been criticized many times before. In 2019, experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that the service does not allow you to recognize the faces of black people with sufficient accuracy. According to experts, the program distinguishes white faces almost without errors. At the same time, Amazon stated that they are in favor of tightening the rules regarding the use of such programs in the United States. According to the company’s representatives, the US Congress is ready to take measures in this direction. However, no legislation has yet been passed on this issue.