Rights groups to tech giants: Don't sell facial recognition to government

CNET | 1/15/2019 | Gordon Gottsegen
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A showcase of facial recognition tech at CES 2019.

Facial recognition is used in tech products to do things like unlock your phone, add cool camera effects and help you play with your robot dog. But other applications of the technology aren't always as innocent.

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That's why the American Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with more than 85 human rights groups to ask big tech companies not to provide face surveillance technology to the US government. The coalition sent letters to Microsoft, Amazon and Google to make sure its stance on the issue was heard.

You may've heard stories about the Chinese government experimenting with facial recognition technology to monitior citizens. The technology has also had a mixed track record when it comes to its use by law enforcement in the west. A study from May 2018 found that facial recognition tech used by the UK's Metropolitan Police was inaccurate in 98 percent of cases. But that hasn't stopped the US Department of Homeland Security from testing facial recognition around the White House.

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Watch this: Privacy advocates have issues with Amazon's facial recognition...

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