FILE PHOTO: The Amazon logo is seen at the company's logistics center in Boves, France, May 13, 2019. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol / Filfoto
In the past year, Amazon has found itself in the midst of a growing debate on the use of face recognition by governments, with critics warning of fake battles and arrests and advocates claiming that it keeps the public safe.
Law enforcement in Oregon and Florida has used Amazon's facial and image ID service, known as Recognition.
With the support of civilian freedom groups, two non-binding recruitment recognition proposals made it to the vote in front of Amazon's shareholder meeting on Wednesday.
The first would have made the company stop offering face recognition to governments, unless the board's established sales did not break civil liberties. One second would have asked for a survey by September to what extent Amazon's service damaged rights and privacy.
But the proposals met uphill. The Amazon regime is recommended to them, and Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder, controls 16 percent of the company's shares and voting rights.
Nevertheless, the American Civil Liberties Union called the shareholder intervention a "wakeup".
In Washington, a central congressional committee met to discuss the impact of employment recognition on civil rights. US representative Mark Meadows, a Republican, said during the hearing that it was time to work on technology legislation.
"You have now hit the sweet spot that brings progressive and conservative together," he said.
Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing Meredith Mazzilli