Global tech giant Amazon has announced that the company will be putting a temporary stop for the use of its controversial facial recognition technology named Rekognition with the increase in the number of protests around the country against police violence and discrimination.
The temporary stop will be for a year and in this period it will allow the US Congress to pass “appropriate rules” for the use of facial recognition. Amazon also noted for “stronger” ethics regulations for the use of technology.
The company also noted that its facial recognition technology will still be used by organizations like Thorn, Marinus Analytics, and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help them rescue human trafficking victims and find missing kids.
This new move comes just a few days after the Democrats in the US Congress introduced a police reform bill, that is aimed to forbid the use of real-time facial recognition for body and dashboard cameras without a judge’s approval. If the bill gets clear and becomes a law, it will apparently restrict agencies from using Rekognition for profiling people.
IBM has earlier announced to end all its facial recognition technology business and called for a ‘national dialogue’ to the use of this technology.