The American Civil Liberties Union and more than 85 other advocacy groups have signed letters sent to Amazon, Google and Microsoft executives asking the tech company to no longer sell surveillance tech to the government. The letters were addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Senior Vice President of Global Affairs Kent Walker, and Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and General Counsel and Senior Vice President David Zapolsky. The groups address the tech companies’ recent interactions with surveillance tech, such as Smith’s call for governments and tech organizations to address facial recognition and Amazon’s commitments to its Rekognition tool. Editor's Note: Kate Kaye writes about facial-recognition tests conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology in this piece for Privacy Tech.
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