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By Jasmin Boyce
Eight Democratic lawmakers demand answers from Amazon on privacy concerns with the company's face recognition software used by some local police agencies.
Legislators said in a letter Thursday that "Amazon" had "not answered" enough "questions" (recognition) that they had previously presented to the online retailer.
"We have serious concerns in this form. The product has significant accuracy issues, disproportionately burdens the paint communities, and may stifle Americans' willingness to exercise their First Amendment rights in public," wrote the legislature. [1
Legislators who have signed the letter are: Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.; Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D -Calif.; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill .; Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Mich.; Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash; Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif; Rep. Judy Chu, D -Calif.; And Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. 19659007
The investigations were triggered by "recent revelations," they said, suggesting that Amazon "actively promote the product to law enforcement agencies, including the US Immigration and customs Hear "market precautions.
"Law enforcement officials reportedly started collecting raw video footage from passers-by and sending that face recognition data to Amazon servers," the legislator wrote.
"In particular, these pilot programs There were no internal and external policies and it was reportedly initiated without practical training by Amazon for participating law enforcement officers.
Amazon shareholders, activist groups and the company's own employees have all expressed concern over the recognition, pointing to possible privacy threats.
Congressmen sent a similar letter to Jeff Bezos, the chief executive officer of Amazon, in July it gave more transparency in terms of recognition. "According to legislators, Amazon did not provide an adequate response.
Legislators asked Bezos to reply to their last letter by December 13.