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A group pushing for a federal ban on facial recognition chain, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, about the comments made this week concerning the efforts made by the company to write its own rules and regulations for this controversial technology.
In response to a question from a reporter at the Amazon’s annual product event in Seattle Wednesday, Bezos said: “Our public policy team is actively working on the facial recognition rules, but it does make a lot of sense to take care of that.”
In essence, the e-commerce giant, wants to have the chance to pen his own version of the federal oversight should look like.
“This is a perfect example of something that is really positive, so that you don’t want to put the brakes on the” Bezos added, according to Recode. “But at the same time, there is also the potential for abuse of this type of technology so that you can make to the regulations. It’s a classic dual-use technology.”
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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos came under fire for comments he made this week about the recognition. (AP)
Digital rights organizations like Fight for the Future, for a long time, it said that the Silicon Valley is calling for the regulation of facial recognition is a trap, designed to eventually enable the technology to spread and advance of the tech giants’ profit margins.
“Amazon is attempting to write the laws to facial recognition technology, and to make sure that they are ready to make their surveillance-based business model,” said Evan Greer, the deputy director of Fight for the Future, in a statement. “However, this kind of technology is uniquely hazardous. It is a profound threat to the future of human freedom, which can not be mitigated by the industry-friendly rules and regulations.
Facial recognition technology, which has been slammed by civil liberties advocates and liberal members of parliament, are already being used by dozens of law enforcement agencies across the country. Several cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, have banned the technology that is being used by the police. Some states are now considering a ban as well.
Earlier this year, Amazon, has defended the technology in a blog post: “New technology should not be banned, or condemned because of the potential for abuse. Instead, there should be an open, honest, and genuine dialogue between all the parties involved, in order to ensure that the technology is applied in the right way, and will be continuously improved.”
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However, as His group sees it differently.
“We need to draw a line in the sand, and the prohibition of governments from the use of this technology, before it is too late. We know that members of Congress are currently drafting legislation in relation to face recognition, and we hope that they know that the public will not accept this trojan horse legislation, that the line Jeff Bezos’ pockets at the expense of our basic human rights,” Greer said.