American company Amazon has banned law enforcement agencies from using its Rekognition software for a year, the BBC reported Thursday, June 11.
The decision came amidst massive protests over the death of African-American George Floyd after his brutal detention. In the aftermath of the incident, human rights defenders expressed concern over possible racist prejudice in such technologies.
“We advocate for governments to adopt stricter rules governing the ethical use of facial recognition technology, and in recent days, Congress (US) seems ready to take up that challenge,” the statement said.
However, the Amazon leadership stressed that the ban will not affect organizations that search for missing children and combat human trafficking.
June 9, the U.S. technology company IBM said it would no longer develop and sell facial recognition software. This decision is also related to the death of Floyd.