Since May, the ACLU and other civil rights groups have pressured Amazon to stop selling governments access to Rekognition, a powerful image ID software unveiled in 2016 by the company’s cloud-computing division.
The groups cited use of Rekognition by law enforcement in Oregon and Florida and warned that the tool could be used to target immigrants and people of color unfairly.
Their activism has kicked off a public debate. The president of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), Amazon’s rival which also uses facial recognition technology, called on Congress earlier this month to study possible regulations.
Federal investigators who raided the home and office of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen took more than 100 recordings of discussions related to Trump, according to The Washington Post.
Some were surreptitiously recorded on an iPhone, and a number of them involved conversations between Cohen and reporters during and after Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, two sources familiar with the recordings told the Post in a story published Wednesday evening.
- A group of House Republicans has introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
- President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded a conversation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo and admitted to deciding, on his own, to pay porn star Stormy Daniels, according to one report
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo battled both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Russia and NATO in a tense hearing Wednesday, insisting President Trump has been tougher on the Kremlin than previous administrations
- President Trump announced a ‘new phase’ in the relationship between the United States and European Union as both sides agreed to a cease-fire in a growing trade war
- The Trump administration faces a deadline Thursday to reunite migrant children with their families
The death toll from coordinated attacks by Islamic State fighters on a usually peaceful southern city and surrounding countryside has climbed to 216, a local health official said Thursday, in the worst violence to hit the area since the country’s conflict began.
San Francisco’s board of supervisors not only voted to ban plastic straws but also takeout containers treated with fluorinated chemicals. The proposal — which requires a second vote next week — also prohibits restaurants from offering napkins and utensils with takeout or delivery orders unless they are requested by customers or there is a self-serve station.
The board cited environmental impacts as well as litter on streets and waterways as reasons for the ban.
No issue these days draws as much attention, and heated rhetoric, in the U.S. as immigration. Indeed, immigration has jumped to the top of polls as the most important problem facing the nation, ahead of dissatisfaction with America’s political leadership.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.