Amazon Votes to sell Face ID Tech to Police

Amazon has potentially decided to sell Recognition to the US police with two votes. The first is about whether the company should not offer Rekognition to government agencies. The second vote is to decide whether to set up an independent study into the security risk which Rekognition also poses.

Amazon has tried to prevent this votes but this action has been blocked by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
There has been a lot of negativity on the security implications of this sale. A lot of people have raised questions about a security risk the tech poses. Amazon has however denied any potential negative uses of its tech.

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"Rekognition is a powerful tool... for law enforcement and government agencies to catch criminals, prevent crime, and find missing people," its AGM notes state.
"New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse."


What is Rekognition?
It is an online tool that works with still and video images and allows its users match faces of to prescanned subjects. This face ID tech has a database of about 20 million people. After the facial scan, it provides a confidence score on the similarity of both faces. It also has other functions which can prove either useful or not security agencies.
Amazon recommends that security agencies can make use of the tool and apply its results whenever it produces a 99% or higher confidence rating. The tech giant also calls for transparency during the usage of Rekognition. Initial tests of the face ID tech has shown it to be useful to the operations of security operations.
Another appeal about Rekognition is its relative cheapness in comparison to other facial recognition tech. Let's keep our fingers crossed and wait. It may soon be a new era in the fight against crime.

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