Amazon has to let shareholders vote on government Rekognition ban, SEC says

Amazon will have to allow shareholders to vote on proposals to curb sales of its controversial facial recognition product, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a letter to the company this week.

Activist shareholders have pushed for proposals that, if approved, would require Amazon to audit its recognition tool for potential civil rights problems, and stop selling the instrument to government agencies until a civil rights review is completed.

Open MIC, a group that helped organize the votes of shareholders, announced that the SEC made the final decision after Amazon requested that the agency would allow the company to use a process to maintain the Proposals for a vote. The SEC said in a letter late last month that the company did not meet the standards for that process, and while Amazon appealed the decision, the agency upheld the ruling in another letter yesterday.

Open MIC said the proposals would now come for consideration at the company's annual shareholders' meeting, which has not yet been scheduled. While it is likely that the proposals have not yet been approved, they exert greater public pressure on Amazon's sales of the tool, which has been used by some police departments in the United States. CEO Jeff Bezos has advocated working with the US government. UU., But some have expressed concern about a possible bias in the Rekognición.

Amazon has disputed those characterizations. The company declined to comment.

Rekognition has faced criticism, both within Amazon and some artificial intelligence experts. Yesterday, a group of leading researchers asked the company to stop government sales of the facial recognition tool, which they described as "defective"

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