NBC News @NBCNews The leading source of global news and info for more than 75 years. Aug. 08, 2019 1 min read

Amazon is developing high-tech surveillance tools for an eager customer: America's police.  https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/amazon-developing-high-tech-surveillance-tools-eager-customer-america-s-n1038426  (1/5) #NBConPolicy
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Amazon, known mainly for its online consumer marketplace, is becoming a potent resource for federal, state and local authorities, peddling an array of tools that harness the power of cloud-based computing, artificial intelligence and video analysis.  https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/amazon-developing-high-tech-surveillance-tools-eager-customer-america-s-n1038426  (2/5)

Most videos obtained by police through Ring are voluntarily provided by homeowners, according to police and Amazon; the company declined to say how many subpoenas or court orders it has received for access to videos. (3/5)

“This is a game changer for law enforcement because it basically is a virtual block-watch giving us the ability to communicate with a large number of people and the ability to ingest video from cameras in any case,” said Chandler police Cmdr. Edward Upshaw. (4/5)

Some Amazon employees and others have asked the company to stop selling its facial recognition service to law enforcement, stop web-hosting services that help federal immigration authorities, and create a cmte. that would review the potential societal consequences. (5/5)


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