The Washington Post reports on Oregon's Washington County Sheriff's Office implementing Rekognition, Amazon's artificial-intelligence tool, into its surveillance efforts. Using a database of 300,000 mugshots taken since 2001, the sheriff's department logged 1,000 facial searches with Rekognition last year, which helped improve police activity, including making arrests. Defense attorneys, artificial-intelligence researchers and civil rights advocates argue that the growth in policing by algorithm could lead to wrongful arrests or threats to privacy with instances of mistaken identity from inaccurate identifications by the software. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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