May 21, (Xinhua/GNA) - Amazon is under mounting pressure from civil rights
groups to stop sale of facial recognition technology to government as U.S.
rights advocacy leader the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday urged
Amazon investors to vote against it.
In an open
letter to Amazon shareholders, the ACLU urged the tech giant's investors to use
their power to stop Amazon's deployment of its invasive face surveillance
on these proposals will help chart the course for the kind of society we'll
have to live in, and whether that society will be forced to suffer under
continuous, inescapable, and dangerous government surveillance," the ACLU
open letter came two days before an Amazon investors' meeting to be held on
The ACLU said
the face surveillance technology fundamentally changes the balance of power
between government and individuals, which gives governments "unprecedented
power to track, control and harm people."
shareholder action, Amazon may soon become known more for its role in
facilitating pervasive government surveillance than for its consumer retail
operations," it said.
Amazon shareholders to stand out against the company's plan to sell facial
recognition technology to government agencies by citing the example of San
Francisco that has decided to ban the use of such technology by government
On Tuesday, San
Francisco became the first U.S. major city to voted 8-1 in favor of an
ordinance barring the police department and other city agencies from using
facial recognition technology on residents. Other U.S. cities are also
considering similar bans, including California's Oakland and Somerville city in