Amazon shareholders reject proposal to ban facial recognition sales to governments

May 22, 2019

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc shareholders rejected proposals to curb and audit the company’s facial recognition service, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The first proposal would have called on Amazon to stop offering facial recognition to governments unless its board determined sales did not violate civil liberties. A second would have requested a study by September of the extent to which Amazon’s service, known as Rekognition, harmed rights and privacy.

(Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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