ITIF claims police use of Amazon Rekognition is “patriotic”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
By Paul Martin
June 12, 2018

A few weeks ago, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a letter claiming that Amazon’s Rekognition technology was “patriotic and can benefit society”.

“Facial recognition technology has many beneficial uses for society, even when used by the government. Even the use-case that privacy advocates are crying wolf over, facial recognition systems integrated with police body cameras, can benefit society.

The ITIF went on to claim that police body cameras hold “law enforcement accountable and there is no reason to suggest the same cannot be true for facial recognition technology.”

Let’s discuss ITIF’s claim that body cameras hold police accountable.

A 2017 article in Ars Technica reveals that body camera footage is generally not available to the public.

“Body cam footage is routinely turned over to defense attorneys as part of the pre-trial discovery process. But when it comes to supplying the public with footage, there’s a hodgepodge patchwork of state laws and local laws nationwide. And the general default is that the footage is not a public record.”

A similar article in the Verge warns everyone that police departments are trying to make body camera footage a state secret.

A recent article in LifeHacker reveals that police body camera footage is difficult to procure and can cost upwards of $18,000.

ITIF’s allegation that “body cameras help protect communities of color” is also not true.

Police use facial recognition to target minorities

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