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A large number of the Amazon’s face-tracking program is coming to an end in the Orlando, florida, after being plagued by technical problems, bandwidth issues, and in criticism of the controversial face-scanning technology.
Amazon’s Rekognition, which is designed to automatically identify and track suspects in real time, was used, with four cameras at the police station.
“At this time, the city was not able to devote the resources to the pilot project in order to enable us to make significant progress towards the completion of the necessary configuration, and testing,” Orlando’s Chief Administrative Office said in a memo to the city council, and the publication of the reports, adding that the city has “no immediate plans with respect to future pilots and to the discovery of this type of facial recognition technology.”
In a statement posted online by the city says the pilot project has been set up at the end of the month.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which for the first time, shining a spotlight on the pilot program for more than a year ago, in which a little of the technical experts, and others who say that the program is biased against black people, and a number of U.S. lawmakers, says the city’s decision in a statement to Fox News.
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Fight for the Future, a digital rights group, is calling for a total ban on facial recognition technology at the federal level.
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“Congratulations to the Orlando Police Department is finally figuring out what we have been keep in mind that Amazon’s surveillance technology, it doesn’t work, and it is a threat to our privacy and civil liberties,” said Matt Cagle, technology and civil liberties attorney with the ACLU of Northern California. “In this unsuccessful pilot program that shows precisely the reason why monitoring of the decisions taken by the general public, through their elected leaders, not by the companies are secretly lobbying police officers for the implementation of the hazardous systems for the general public.”
The news comes in the midst of the ever-increasing demands on all forms of technology, and, in the case of three AMERICAN cities to adopt the facial recognition ban: Oakland, alameda, California, San Francisco, California, usa. and in Somerville, Mass.
However, Florida currently has no laws regarding the use of facial recognition technology, according to the Orlando weekly.
A spokesman for Amazon to provide Fox News with the following statement via e-mail on a Friday afternoon:
“We are confident that our customers, including law enforcement agencies, and other groups are working to keep our communities safe and secure access to the best technology available. We believe that face recognition may be material to the benefit of society at large, as we have seen in the Amazon, Rekognition to the fight against trafficking in human beings, as an example. A customer is only using Rekognition in order to identify those with more than 9,000 victims of trafficking in human beings. In the past few months, we’ve talked with our customers, researchers, scientists, practitioners, policy makers and others to understand how best to balance the benefits of a facial recognition of the potential risks involved. We will outline a clear set of guidelines in our documentation and on the blog, and for the safety of the public, which is where we also reiterated our support for the establishment of a national legal framework for recognition.”
Orlando’s chief information officer Rosa Akhtarkhavari, told the paper that the bandwidth issues prevent city staff from using Amazon’s powerful software, combined with more than one camera, and things don’t always work as expected.
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The city’s video surveillance cameras do not have the correct video output resolution to get a clear picture of the group of officers, volunteer work, and the video feed would randomly disconnect, and when the officials get a lot of work with the software, and the Orlando Weekly reports.
The pilot project lasted for 15 months and Amazon sent teams to Orlando, at no cost to the city, and the Florida news outlet is reporting.
The Orlando Weekly reports, Rekognition is based on the so-called MegaFace data set of nearly 5 million, a face picture, and two other data sets that are on Amazon for like property.”
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It has been updated to include Amazon’s statement.
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