Turns out Orlando won’t stop using Amazon’s facial recognition software


Looks like Orlando won’t quit its controversial test of Amazon’s facial recognition software after all. 

The city of Orlando and Orlando Police Department released a joint statement on Monday announcing the city would continue testing Rekognition, Amazon’s deep learning facial recognition technology, which has the power to identify every face in a crowd.

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to Orlando lawmakers claiming the city started testing the program “without inviting a public debate, obtaining local legislative authorization, or adopting rules to prevent harm to Orlando community members,” and demanded that it “immediately” stop using it.  Read more…

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