A coalition comprised of more than 85 of civil, immigrants’ and human rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, is urging Google, Microsoft and Amazon not to sell facial recognition technology to the U.S. government.
Why? In letters sent to the companies, the protesters argue that facial recognition technology will make it dangerously easy for the government to surveil the public, especially immigrants and minority groups.
“History has clearly taught us that the government will exploit technologies like face surveillance to target communities of color, religious minorities, and immigrants,” said Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties director for the ACLU of California. “We are at a crossroads with face surveillance, and the choices made by these companies now will determine whether the next generation will have to fear being tracked by the government for attending a protest, going to their place of worship, or simply living their lives.”