San Francisco supervisors accredited a ban on police utilizing facial recognition expertise, making it the primary metropolis within the U.S. with such a restriction. (Could 14)

Amazon shareholders will proceed promoting the corporate’s facial recognition technology “Rekognition” to governments and legislation enforcement businesses.

In the course of the e-commerce large’s annual assembly Wednesday, shareholders rejected all  proposals together with two associated to Rekognition, Amazon confirmed to USA TODAY. 

One proposed banning the gross sales of the expertise and the opposite referred to as for the corporate to conduct an impartial examine and problem a report on the dangers of governments utilizing the expertise.

Amazon didn’t launch shareholder vote totals Wednesday however stated info could be filed with the U.S. Securities and Change Fee later within the week.

Additionally Wednesday, the Home Oversight and Reform Committee held a first listening to on facial recognition expertise to “study the impression on civil rights and liberties.”

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The years-long debate over the use – and potential misuse – of facial recognition has been heating up these days.

Final week, San Francisco became the first major municipality in the U.S. to ban use of the expertise by native legislation enforcement.

A gaggle of 78 AI specialists and researchers signed an open letter on Medium in March concerning the “elevated public concern over the accuracy and use of latest face recognition programs.”

Critics level to false positives, or folks being misidentified, notably amongst minorities.

Findings from an MIT study declare the Amazon Rekognition system has carried out poorly in comparison with Microsoft and IBM in figuring out a feminine’s gender and faces from darker-skinned folks. 

Amazon Internet Providers international vice chairman for public coverage Michael Punke has disputed the findings but additionally has referred to as for transparency.

“To create the best public confidence in accountable legislation enforcement use of facial recognition, we encourage legislation enforcement entities to be clear about their use of the expertise and to explain this use in common transparency reviews,” Punke wrote in a February Amazon blog post.

Contributing: Edward C. Baig

Comply with USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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