The company has developed a powerful and dangerous new facial
recognition system and is actively helping governments deploy it.
Amazon calls the service “Rekognition.”
Marketing materials and documents obtained by ACLU affiliates in
three states reveal a product that can be readily used to violate
civil liberties and civil rights. Powered by artificial
intelligence, Rekognition can identify, track, and analyze
people in real time and recognize up to 100 people in a single
image. It can quickly scan information it collects against
databases featuring tens of millions of faces, according to
Amazon is marketing Rekognition for government surveillance.
This strikes me as a bad idea in general, but an especially bad idea for a company that sells consumer devices with built-in cameras.