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Amazon continue selling facial recognition tech to the government
Shareholders have demanded Amazon to not sell their facial recognition software to government customers on the grounds that the program risk to cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights.
Now the proposal has been up for vote and it failed with a wide margin – only 2.4% shareholders voting for the proposal to stop selling the program. A second vote regarding a human right assessment of the technology was also neglected.
“It’s a familiar pattern: a leading tech company marketing what is hailed as breakthrough technology without understanding or assessing the many real and potential harms of that product […] Sales of Rekognition to government represent considerable risk for the company and investors. That’s why it’s imperative those sales be halted immediately.”
– Dr. Matt Wood of AWS
American mortgage company leaked hundreds of millions of financial documents!
First American Financial Corp., a large mortgage processing company, has leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003.
Basically, all financial documents it has processed since were easily accessible online. There were no security measures so long as you typed the right URL. Someone figured out you could just type in a sequential account number and retrieve all the 855 million documents,
“including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images”.
This is just completely reckless!