City of Orlando did not renew surveillance partnership with Amazon


The City of Orlando is no longer using Amazon to surveil its residents (for now).

The Orlando Police Department and the city issued a joint statement today that announced they were no longer using Rekognition, Amazon’s deep-learning technology that can identify every face in a crowd.

“Staff continues to discuss and evaluate whether to recommend continuation of the pilot at a further date,” reads the statement obtained by Mashable, which was issued as a response to the ACLU of Florida sending a letter of dissent to city-level officials. “At this time that process in still ongoing and the contract with Amazon remains expired.” Read more…

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