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Amazon investors are cranking up the pressure on Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies

Amazon investors are cranking up the pressure on Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies
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Amazon shareholders with shares worth $1.32 billion have filed a resolution aimed at stopping the company selling its controversial facial recognition technology to government agencies.




The five investors want Amazon's board to investigate the technology and conclude it "does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights."




It is the first time an investor proposal has been put forward on the Rekognition software, and could be the first of its kind at any US company.




Civil liberties organizations, academics, and Amazon employees have all protested against the technology.



Amazon shareholders are upping the pressure on CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling the company's facial recognition technology to government agencies — unless it can provide assurances it does not pose a human rights risk.
A group of five investors, with $1.32 billion of Amazon shares under management, have filed a resolution calling for Amazon to take a step back from sales of its Rekognition software.
The resolution is spearheaded by Long Island-based Catholic women's order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, with the support of Open Mic, an organization that helps shareholders campaign to improve governance at some of America's biggest companies.
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