- Chelsea Handler tackles system racism in ‘Hello Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea’ 1 Year Ago
- Gun control proposal: Trump, lawmakers considering background check-conducting app 1 Year Ago
- How to stream Browns vs. Jets on Monday Night Football Today 7:00 AM
- What are anons? Today 6:30 AM
- How to stream Eagles vs. Falcons on Sunday Night Football Today 6:00 AM
- How to stream ‘Power’ season 6, episode 4 Today 5:00 AM
- How to stream WWE’s Clash of Champions 2019 Saturday 8:00 PM
- How ‘F*ck off Scotland’ became a Scottish rallying cry amid Brexit madness Saturday 6:28 PM
- A Missouri officer resigned after his Islamophobic Facebook posts surfaced Saturday 5:08 PM
- Adding ‘Triggered’ to stock photos of white men creates Netflix comedy special thumbnails Saturday 3:10 PM
- New restaurant in New York has a seriously unfortunate name: ‘Qanoon’ Saturday 1:38 PM
- These are the 10 best ‘Star Wars’ ships Saturday 12:41 PM
- Google Maps helped solve a decades-old missing persons case Saturday 12:27 PM
- Teen who plotted deadly swatting prank over Call of Duty argument gets prison time Saturday 11:58 AM
- RIP to the real star of ‘Stranger Things’: Steve Harrington’s mullet Saturday 11:04 AM
Orlando police are scrambling to save face after an ACLU report revealed that the city is using Amazon Rekognition technology.
Amazon Rekognition is an artificial intelligence service that lets developers easily analyze images for face, object, and scene identification. It allows images to be compared in real time and can identify large crowds of up to 100 people. When used in conjunction with geolocation services, it can also predict where someone is likely to be based on their previous movement patterns.
In a report shared by the ACLU, Amazon marketed Rekognition to law enforcement agencies as a surveillance tool. It was already being used in Orlando, Florida, and Washington County, Oregon.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida city is participating in a limited pilot. Downtown Orlando is outfitted with three cameras that use Amazon’s facial recognition technology, in addition to five cameras positioned inside police headquarters. Thus far, the system has only been used to identify seven Orlando officers, all of whom volunteered for the trial, police said.
“We would never use this technology to track random citizens, immigrants, activists, or people of color,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a press conference Thursday. “The pilot program is just us testing this technology out to see if it even works.”
Mina said that the organization also tests a lot of different products and technologies on a regular basis, including guns, vests, and equipment for police cars.
Still, there are some concerns. After initially agreeing to reveal the downtown locations of the cameras, Orlando police later decided to withhold that information because it would be a security risk. Citizens also don’t know how long the trial has been in place.
Mina imagines that the technology would be implemented on police body cameras and would be used to search for criminal suspects. The overarching goal is to eventually use this tech to “increase public safety and operational efficiency,” according to Amazon, but for now, it’s simply a test.
H/T the Verge
Christina Bonnington is a tech reporter who specializes in consumer gadgets, apps, and the trends shaping the technology industry. Her work has also appeared in Gizmodo, Wired, Refinery29, Slate, Bicycling, and Outside Magazine. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a background in electrical engineering.