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Google, Amazon, Microsoft Warned Against Sale of Facial ID Tech

Jan. 15, 2019, 7:56 PM

Civil liberties and human rights groups are asking Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Alphabet Inc.'s Google not to sell face surveillance technology to government entities, citing concerns about privacy and targeted surveillance.

A coalition of over 85 groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the digital privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, sent letters to the three companies Jan. 15. Providing facial recognition technology to the government “threatens the safety of community members and will also undermine public trust in its business,” the ACLU said in a statement.

The letters follows reports that tech companies have sold, or are considering ...

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