Latest in Tomorrow

Image credit:

Amazon wants to write the rules regulating facial recognition tech

It’s drafting laws that it hopes federal lawmakers will adopt.
Christine Fisher, @cfisherwrites
September 26, 2019
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Amazon is drafting laws to regulate facial recognition technology, Vox reports. Supposedly, the company hopes that federal lawmakers will adopt its proposal as legislation. "Our public policy team is actually working on facial recognition regulations; it makes a lot of sense to regulate that," CEO Jeff Bezos said in an appearance following Amazon's hardware event yesterday.

In February, Amazon shared "proposed guidelines" for the responsible use of facial recognition for policymakers to consider when drafting new laws. But actually writing the laws goes one step further.

Amazon has been criticized for its own "Rekognition" system, which showed a gender and race bias. Lawmakers and tech companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, have called for facial recognition to be regulated. A few cities have banned the tech, and private companies like Axon say they won't use facial recognition until it's more accurate.

"It's a perfect example of something that has really positive uses, so you don't want to put the brakes on it," Bezos reportedly said Wednesday. "But, at the same time, there's also potential for abuses of that kind of technology, so you do want regulations. It's a classic dual-use kind of technology."

As lawmakers call for more regulations around Big Tech, we may see more companies attempting to write the rules. In a way, that makes sense because they know the topics better than anyone. On the other hand, you could argue that allows Big Tech to regulate itself.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Some of Ubisoft's PS4 games won't run on PS5

Some of Ubisoft's PS4 games won't run on PS5

View
RISC-V is trying to launch an open-hardware revolution

RISC-V is trying to launch an open-hardware revolution

View
Chevy will start selling EV retrofit kits in 2021

Chevy will start selling EV retrofit kits in 2021

View
Ford reveals how much its Active Driver Assist option will cost

Ford reveals how much its Active Driver Assist option will cost

View
Scientists found an Earth-sized ‘rogue’ planet in the Milky Way

Scientists found an Earth-sized ‘rogue’ planet in the Milky Way

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr