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Amazon’s facial recognition flags 1 in 5 California lawmakers as criminals

Facial recognition technology has come a long way in recent years and today many smartphone users rely on face unlock features to keep their devices secure. Amazon’s facial scanning software, called Rekognition, won’t unlock your phone, but it is being used by some law enforcement agencies to identify criminals based on their mugshots. Last year, the ACLU ran the Rekognition software on photos of members of Congress and found that the software flagged 28 of them as known criminals. These false positives showed serious flaws in Amazon’s software and highlighted a racial bias in the program, disproportionately tagging people of color. Now, a year later, the ACLU ran its test again — and it looks like almost nothing has changed. ...