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City of Orlando did not renew surveillance partnership with Amazon

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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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