Amazon Has Reportedly Pitched ICE to Buy its Face Recognition Tech
A report from The Daily Beast published Wednesday found that officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—better known as ICE—met with executives from Amazon over the summer. During that meeting, according to documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) show, the corporate giant pitched the government agency on its facial recognition technology that scans faces in a video feed and can identify them in real time.
Among the concerns with ICE getting its hands on that kind of technology, though countless, include the agency using it to target immigrants by monitoring “sensitive locations” like medical facilities and places of worship—something that goes against official policy but has been practiced under the current administration.
The news of Amazon shopping its Rekognition technology comes as several studies, including one from the ACLU, found that the real-time face identification tech has a propensity for misidentifying people and particularly those of color.