Orlando Says It Won’t Continue Testing Amazon’s Controversial Face-Scanning Technology Rekognition

After more than a year of testing Amazon’s high-tech facial recognition software, the city of Orlando announced Thursday it will not continue the program, citing a lack of resources needed to continue testing, a memo sent to city council members Thursday shows.

The letter, sent from Orlando’s Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Edmonds, police Chief Orlando Rolón and Chief Information Officer Rosa Akhtarkhavari, said the city is ending use the Amazon’s face-matching software, Rekognition, because it “was not able to dedicate the resources to the pilot to enable us to make any noticeable progress toward completing the needed configuration and testing.”

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