Jeff Bezos’s staff suggested cutting ties with US immigration authority

Jeff Bezos’s staff suggested cutting ties with US immigration authority

The staff at suggest Jeff Bezos end off the face recognition technology to law enforcement agencies and to end his partnership with companies that are working with US Immigration and Customer Enforcement (ICE).

They wrote a letter to him saying that the recent report from ACLU is troubling them as per revealed by the sales and marketing team of the company of Recognition due to the facial recognition technology, to the government agencies and police departments. The workers have gone as far as protesting against the Trump administration policy where he signed to separate the children of migrants from their parents at Mexico-US border.

As written in the letter, "We don't have to wait to find out how these technologies will be used. We already know that in the midst of historic militarization of police, renewed targeting of Black activists, and the growth of a federal deportation force currently engaged in human rights abuses - this will be another powerful tool for the surveillance state, and ultimately serve to harm the most marginalized,"

However, Amazon has not reacted to the request yet. Gizmodo first reported the letter that is followed by the campaign by the workers at Google and Microsoft where workers have deplored the technology by the ICE and other military operations. Even earlier this week, Satya Nadella, Chief Executive of Microsoft, announced to his employees that the company’s $20 Million contract that is signed with ICE is not under the policies of Trump that supports separating kids from their parents at the border. After it, Google responded by the resignations of employees and public outcry that surrounds Defence Department deals. To this Executive claimed that they won’t be supporting or renewing any of the artificial technology contracts that are helping in Pentagon drone analyse video. The final decision of Google come where they ban all the AI technology development that was made for the weapons.

Amazon is providing security and surveillance services to the law enforcement agencies. To all this Nicole Ozer who is a technology and civil liberties director, "While Mr Bezos remains silent, Amazon employees are standing up and joining shareholders, civil rights groups, and concerned consumers to call out Amazon's face surveillance technology for what it is: a unique threat to civil rights and especially to the immigrants and people of color under attack by this administration," 

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