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Amazon’s facial recognition tool, which the company sells to government agencies and other customers, reportedly misidentified 28 members of Congress as police suspects.
The experiment was conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who paid “just $12.33 to have Amazon Rekognition compare official photos of every member of the U.S. House and Senate against a database of 25,000 public arrest photos,” and the results showed 28 members of Congress were matched with police suspects, with Reuters claiming the matches “were disproportionately people of color.”
Percent - Latino - Lawmakers - Percent - Person
39 percent were reportedly “African-American and Latino lawmakers, versus 20 percent who identify as a person of color in Congress.”
From the Senate, Sen. John Isakson (R-GA), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) all flagged up on the system.
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The following members of Congress were also flagged:
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
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