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Photos of Congressional Reps Used to Test Facial Recognition Software

By July 29, 2018 No Comments

Amazon’s Rekognition, a facial recognition software program used by some law enforcement agencies, performed poorly in tests run by the ACLU, the organization says. The ACLU used Rekognition on photos of every current member of the U.S. Congress, and it “mistakenly identified 28 members of Congress as people who had been arrested for crimes.” An Amazon spokesperson says the ACLU’s test should have used higher match settings than the default settings it used. Says Jeramie Scott, of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, “Because of the disproportionate error rate, and because of the real risk of depriving civil liberties posed by facial recognition technology, we need to have a conversation about how and when and under what circumstances this technology should be used by law enforcement, if at all.”