AWS executive says no misuse of its face biometrics by police, talks foreign government sales

Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services CEO, would have no problem selling the company’s facial recognition software Rekognition to law enforcement and foreign governments, except to those banned from doing business with U.S. companies, he said in an interview with Frontline, PBS reports. The statement was made last September during the filming of ‘Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos,’ when filmmakers interviewed six Amazon executives and nine previous employees about the company’s business strategy, development and interest in partnering with law enforcement. When interviewer James Jacoby said, despite certain bans, U.S.-based companies have still entered partnerships with countries accused of violating human rights, Jassy reiterated that in case of “documented cases where customers of any sort are using the technology in a way that’s against the law or that we think is impinging people’s civil liberties, then we won’t allow them to use the platform.”

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