Amazon is instituting a one-year moratorium on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition software, the company announced on Wednesday.
“We’ve advocated that governments should put in place stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology,” Amazon wrote in its blog post announcing the change. “Congress appears ready to take on this challenge. We hope this one-year moratorium might give Congress enough time to implement appropriate rules.”
Amazon says that groups like the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children will continue to have access to the technology.
Rekognition is cloud-based computer vision software that enables customers to match photos based on visual similarities. It can recognize objects like dogs, chairs, and beaches. It can also be used to compare human faces.
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