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Amazon, Inc., doing business as Amazon, is a multinational technology company focusing in e-commerce, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. Its easy-to-use Rekognition API allows you to automatically identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect any inappropriate content. Developers can quickly build a searchable content library to optimize media workflows, enrich recommendation engines by extracting text in images, or integrate secondary authentication into existing applications to enhance end-user security. With a wide variety of use cases, Amazon Rekognition enables you to easily add the benefits of computer vision to your business.

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US DoD will consider migrating biometric databases to cloud providers other than AWS

The U.S. Department of Defence has amended its solicitation for a migration of its biometric databases to the cloud, clarifying…

Nov 26, 2020

AWS Single Sign-On now supports WebAuthn multi-factor authentication tools like YubiKeys

Support for Yubico in the AWS environment has been expanded with the introduction of native WebAuthn support for AWS Single Sign-On…

Nov 13, 2020

Amazon moving facial recognition and voice processing off of Nvidia chips

Amazon is switching to using its own custom chips to provide the cloud processing for its Alexa voice assistant service…

Oct 21, 2020

US plans voice biometrics upgrade and shift to cloud for DoD Automated Biometric Identification System

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) intends to move the remaining on-premise elements of its Automated Biometric Identification System to…

Oct 20, 2020

Biometric privacy lawsuit against Amazon and Pindrop refiled in federal court

A biometric data privacy lawsuit alleging that Amazon and Pindrop failed to meet the informed consent requirements of the Biometric Information Privacy…

Oct 19, 2020

Biometric privacy suit targets Amazon’s COVID-19 screening

Employee COVID-19 screening measures by Amazon use biometrics without satisfying the legal requirements of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA),…

Oct 5, 2020

Amazon aims to improve biometric features and privacy with new edge AI chip in Echo devices

A new processor in Amazon’s latest generation of Echo devices are giving the Alexa assistant intriguing capabilities that the company…

Sep 29, 2020

Amazon launches contactless palm biometrics for retail, access control markets

Amazon is launching its palmprint biometrics for contactless payments, access control and more, according to a company blog post, under…

Sep 21, 2020

Biometric privacy claim against Pindrop and Amazon dismissed for lack of jurisdiction

Amazon and Pindrop did not violate biometric privacy law in Illinois by capturing data for voice recognition from people when…

Sep 15, 2020

Amazon and Microsoft move for dismissal of biometric privacy suit, arguing no jurisdiction for training data

Illinois’ biometric privacy law does not apply to conduct out of state and therefore suits against Amazon and Microsoft over…

Sep 11, 2020

StoneLock GM discusses privacy features in biometric property technology as market heats up

The market for face biometrics as part of “property technology” or “proptech” is heating up, with new solutions, deployments, and…

Aug 31, 2020

Biometrics at home – how smart will the smart home get?

Rapid advancements in chip designs along with algorithms for biometric voice and facial recognition are expanding the boundaries of what…

Jul 15, 2020

Facial biometrics training dataset leads to BIPA lawsuits against Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft

Despite being conceived of as a way to make biometric facial recognition more equitable, IBM’s Diversity in Faces is continuing…

Jun 22, 2020

AWS and Pindrop named in voice biometric data privacy lawsuit as cases test liability limits

Plaintiffs in a biometric data privacy suit say Amazon Web Services’ call center operations fall under the jurisdiction of state…

Jun 18, 2020

U.S. Congress member welcomes AWS’s facial recognition moratorium, demands further explanations

U.S. Member of Congress Jimmy Gomez has written a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos applauding the decision to implement…

Jun 15, 2020

Some surprising questions, fewer insights after Deepfake Detection Challenge

Few if any unique or actionable insights have resulted from a lengthy contest created by Facebook to defang deepfake content,…

Jun 11, 2020

Amazon pauses sale of facial biometrics to police while advocates push Microsoft and Ring to follow

Amazon has put a one-year moratorium on direct sales of its biometric facial recognition service to law enforcement to allow for…

May 28, 2020

Facial biometrics study suggests Amazon performance unchanged as Microsoft launches antibias tool

Comparitech has released a report on biometric bias in Amazon’s facial recognition offering, similar to previous reports from the ACLU comparing…

May 21, 2020

Amazon launches low-key campaign to derail Portland face-scanning law

Independent news reporting indicates that Amazon is spending money to defeat proposed Portland, Oregon legislation that would ban all use…

May 7, 2020

DHS’s biometric advanced recognition technology system begins road to the cloud

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology System (HART), which is replacing DHS’s legacy Automated Biometric Identification…

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