Orlando Police Department tests facial recognition software

Orlando Police Department tests facial recognition software

There's no doubt that it has its benefits - whether helping police identify criminals in a crowded city, or making plane boarding more efficient.

Right now police departments in Orlando and OR are using the technology. In Oregon, it cost police about $400 to build a facial-recognition system that indexed 300,000 mugshots of former convicts.

These documents and emails show that the tech giant is actively marketing its Rekognition technology as a government surveillance system, is offering free support, helps troubleshoot bugs, and provides various other services, all in the hopes of getting a foothold on the rising government surveillance market.

Pak'nSave supermarkets in Kaitaia, Porirua, Upper Hutt and on West Auckland's Lincoln Rd told the Herald they do not use facial recognition technology.

It may not come as a shock that Amazon is moving into the home automation and residential security market, but did you know the company also offers a facial recognition solution, and has for a year and a half now?

"We are not mass-collecting".

However, the ACLU is anxious the same technology could facilitate a creepy surveillance state. He showed the conference a demo of real-time facial recognition using video from a "traffic cam that was provided by the city of Orlando".

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China's Foreign Ministry and National Health Commission did not immediately respond to faxed questions about the report. The symptoms included dizziness, headaches and a lack of ability to concentrate.

It's not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased the tool, called Rekognition, since its launch in late 2016 or since its update last fall, when Amazon added capabilities that allow it to identify people in videos and follow their movements nearly instantly. The Orlando Police Department is not using the technology in an investigative capacity or in any public spaces at this time. NPR tried to follow up, but OPD said it wasn't doing interviews on the topic. So far, the city has provided facial imaging for only a "handful" of officers who volunteered to participate in the test.

The technology was not a secret - Amazon had published details of its work with police on its AWS blog.

"Our quality of life would be much worse today if we outlawed new technology because some people could choose to abuse the technology", the company's statement said. "Imagine if customers couldn't buy a computer because it was possible to use that computer for illegal purposes?" "Amazon must act swiftly to stand up for civil rights and civil liberties, including those of its own customers, and take Rekognition off the table for governments".

A systems analyst with the sheriff's office wrote he was, "hoping to expand our backend of images to every law enforcement agency in the metro Portland area". Soon after that, the company started marketing it to police departments as a tool to fight crime, according to the New York Times. It said that it would "suspend" access to Amazon Web Services-based features like Rekognition if a customer "abused" them, and pointed to positive uses such as finding lost children or identifying guests at the recent royal wedding in the UK. "We're blowing the whistle before it's too late".

According to the ACLU, the Washington County Sheriff's Office in OR and the city of Orlando, Florida are current customers using Amazons' Rekognition software.

In China, authorities have created a digital surveillance system able to use a variety of biometric data - from photos and iris scans to fingerprints - to keep close tabs on the movements of the entire population, and uses it to publicly identify lawbreakers and jaywalkers.

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