Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy told FRONTLINE, “We don’t have a large number of police departments that are using our facial recognition technology.” He defended the company’s controversial sale of the tech to law enforcement saying, “We’ve never received any complaints of misuse. Let’s see if somehow they abuse the technology.”
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This excerpt is from an interview conducted for FRONTLINE’s documentary “Amazon Empire,” which examines how founder and CEO Jeff Bezos turned Amazon into a business empire that is unprecedented in the history of American capitalism.
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