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At Amazon, facial recognition ban won only 2% of the shareholder votes

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen in the company’s logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc. shareholders overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that the company stop the sale of facial recognition technology to the government, a regulatory filing on Friday showed.

Approximately 2.4% of the votes in favor of the close the proposal, while the rest of the votes were against or abstain. Amazon is selling the technology to law enforcement in Oregon and Florida, the company has in the middle of a growing debate about face detection, with critics warning of false agreements and the arrests and the proponents argue keeps the public safe. The tally excludes broker non-votes.

Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by Leslie Adler

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