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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

By CNN Business

May 19, 2021

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Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against African-Americans.

When announcing the moratorium last June, the Internet retailer said it hoped a year would give Congress sufficient time to develop legislation regulating the ethical use of the technology.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said it was glad to see the ban extended indefinitely.

ACLU's Nathan Freed said, "Now, the Biden administration and legislatures across the country must further protect communities from the dangers of this technology by ending its use by law enforcement entirely, regardless which company is selling it."

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