Shareholders Want Amazon to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Gov’t
In a letter this week, Amazon shareholders protested the sale of the ecommerce giant’s Rekognition tech to the government over concerns on potential human rights risks.
The resolution, which was organized by non-profit Open Mic and filed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, seeks to prevent the government from using Amazon’s facial recognition technology as it may bring considerable risk to both the company and its investors. The groups wants Amazon to vote on the resolution at the company’s annual shareholder meeting this May.
It is estimated that the shareholders backing the resolution have over $1.32 billion in total assets under management.