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SEATTLE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police.
They say law enforcement agencies could use the technology to easily build a system that would automate the identification and tracking of anyone.
The tool is called Rekognition.
It is already being used in a limited manner by the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon to check photographs of unidentified suspects against a database of mug shots.
But privacy advocates have been concerned that Amazon's entry into the market could accelerate the use of facial recognition in body cameras worn by officers or safety cameras that monitor public areas. They say that raises concerns about government surveillance.
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