2018: Amazon is working with police to provide facial recognition surveillance.

In November 2016, Amazon released a new service called Rekognition, which can “process millions of photos a day” to identify people and objects in the images. That data can then be used, as Amazon put it in a blog post at the time, to “perform visual surveillance, inspecting photos for objects or people of interest or concern” or for smart billboards that collect demographic data on passersby to create personalized ads. The company boasted it could identify up to 100 people in a single image, a valuable tool for surveillance of large crowds, like at protests, crowded department stores, or subway stations.It didn’t take long for the police to get their hands on Amazon’s new surveillance tool.

Source: Amazon is working with police to provide facial recognition surveillance.