Tag: Amazon

Amazon launches ‘disturbing’ plan to add facial recognition technology to DOORBELLS to track ‘suspicious people’

Joe Pinkstone | The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon’s use of facial recognition has sparked fears of an authoritarian future resembling that described by George Orwell.  Privacy advocates and campaigners have said Amazon using facial recognition in its smart doorbells could provide the perfect tool for extreme surveillance.  The […]

Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

Heather Haddon & Laura Stevens | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 4.86% is testing its cashierless checkout technology for bigger stores, according to people familiar with the matter. If successful, the strategy would further challenge brick-and-mortar retailers racing to make their businesses more convenient. The […]

Documents shed light on how Amazon is shaping public discourse about Rekognition

Kade Crockford and Emiliano Falcon | Privacy SOS | Source URL Midday yesterday, activists affiliated with immigrants rights groups NWDC Resistance and Mijente donned Jeff Bezos masks outside Amazon’s Seattle Spheres building to protest the tech giant’s collaboration with ICE. The activists demanded Amazon stop marketing and selling its face […]

“Flock Safety” and police cam-share programs encourage neighborhoods to spy on the public

Mass Private I | Source URL A recent article in the Outline reveals that a startup company called Flock Safety is encouraging neighborhoods to spy on each other using wireless cameras. Flock bills itself as “a wireless security system for neighborhoods”. The articles warns, “Flock sells security cameras to neighborhoods, and those cameras then record […]

‘Dystopia’ in Chinese Surveillance Looks a Lot Like US Surveillance

Jim Naureckas | The Antimedia | Source URL (FAIR) — There’s a category of  story we call “Them Not Us”—US media reporting on problems abroad, and seemingly not noticing that they have the same problems at home. There’s a great example of that in the New York Times (7/8/18), headlined “Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: AI, […]

Amazon Is Now A ‘Cheap Mass Surveillance’ Dealer–It’s Selling Facial Recognition To U.S. Cops

Forbes Amazon chief Jeff Bezos received a letter Tuesday from the American Civil Liberties Union and its supporters. It demanded he stop selling a little-known service provided by the tech giant to U.S. law enforcement agencies: facial recognition, powered by artificial intelligence. The tool, dubbed Rekognition, can recognize up to 100 people in […]

Experts Say Keep Amazon’s Alexa Away From Your Kids

Sam Biddle | The Intercept | Source URL WHAT’S THE BEST way to keep adults from questioning the use of a deeply problematic product? Get them started when they’re too young to question anything. Amazon has a new addition to its line of voice-commanded artificial intelligence Alexa assistants, marketed for use by children as young […]