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 July 23, 2019  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Aimee Chanthadavong reports:

Orlando City Council has called off any further trials of Amazon’s real-time facial recognition technology, called Rekognition, soon after the second phase of the pilot program ended last Thursday.

“At this time, the city was not able to dedicate the resources to the pilot to enable us to make any noticeable progress toward completing the needed configuration and testing,” read a memo from Orlando’s Chief Administrative Office to Orlando’s City Council.

The memo also said that the city has “no immediate plans regarding future pilots to explore this type of facial recognition technology”.

Read more on ZDNet.

Well, I would have preferred that they scrap the program because of its dystopian implications, but it appears that privacy and those issues did not factor in to their decision to scrap the program.

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