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A Win for Shareholders in Effort to Halt Sales of Amazon’s Racially Biased Surveillance Tech

A Win for Shareholders in Effort to Halt Sales of Amazon’s Racially Biased Surveillance Tech

In a major victory for investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled late yesterday that Amazon must give shareholders an opportunity to consider and vote on two separate shareholder resolutions that address major business risks posed by the sale of Amazon's facial recognition technology to government agencies. The SEC’s ruling comes amidst mounting criticism of the Amazon technology, “Rekognition,” as racially biased.

Shareholders Press Amazon to Stop Selling Racially Biased Surveillance Tech to Government

Shareholders Press Amazon to Stop Selling Racially Biased  Surveillance Tech to Government

Citing critical concerns over immigrant surveillance of vulnerable communities, racial profiling, and other civil and human rights violations, Amazon shareholders have filed a resolution asking the company to prohibit sales of “Rekognition”, Amazon’s facial recognition technology, to government agencies — unless the company’s Board concludes the technology does not pose actual or potential civil and human rights risk.