Amazon shareholders shut down proposal to limit facial recognition sales

Tech 4 weeks ago Mashable 14

Amazon will sell its facial-recognition technology to whomever it damn well pleases thank you very much. 

That message was loud and clear Wednesday morning at the company's annual shareholder meeting, where two proposals meant to regulate the sale and investigate the use of Amazon's Rekognition technology were opposed by the company and voted down by shareholders. The failed effort to limit the sale of its controversial product to law enforcement comes at a time when Rekognition is increasingly being criticized for biases and false positives. 

Amazon confirmed to Mashable via email that both proposals failed. Our questions regarding the specific vote tallies on each, as well as the company's response to criticism over Rekognition, were not answered.   Read more...

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