Amazon says punishing counterfeiters and regulating facial recognition technology are among its top issues

In a 1,300-word blog post on Thursday, Amazon laid out its position on 11 sensitive matters, where “there is much room for healthy debate and differing opinions.” The topics include minimum wage, climate change, workplace diversity, immigration, regulation, counterfeit sales and data privacy. Warren has lobbied for Amazon, and other big tech companies, to be broken up, and in Europe the company is being investigated to determine if its use of merchant data breaches competition rules. Amazon didn


In a 1,300-word blog post on Thursday, Amazon laid out its position on 11 sensitive matters, where “there is much room for healthy debate and differing opinions.” The topics include minimum wage, climate change, workplace diversity, immigration, regulation, counterfeit sales and data privacy. Warren has lobbied for Amazon, and other big tech companies, to be broken up, and in Europe the company is being investigated to determine if its use of merchant data breaches competition rules. Amazon didn
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Amazon says punishing counterfeiters and regulating facial recognition technology are among its top issues

As Amazon expands into a host of new markets and stares down regulators and lawmakers across the globe, the company is spelling out to investors and consumers that it’s well aware of the many controversial issues that lie ahead.

In a 1,300-word blog post on Thursday, Amazon laid out its position on 11 sensitive matters, where “there is much room for healthy debate and differing opinions.” The topics include minimum wage, climate change, workplace diversity, immigration, regulation, counterfeit sales and data privacy.

The post lands at a time when U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle, including President Trump on the right and Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on the left, are taking aim at Amazon for some combination of its size, market power, taxes paid and treatment of workers. Warren has lobbied for Amazon, and other big tech companies, to be broken up, and in Europe the company is being investigated to determine if its use of merchant data breaches competition rules.

Amazon didn’t address antitrust in Thursday’s blog post, but it did say that its facial recognition technology, Rekognition, which has been used to help locate missing children and identify child sex trafficking victims, can be misused and should be quickly put under a regulatory framework by governments.

“We provide guidance to all Rekognition customers, including law enforcement customers, on the technology’s proper use and have a clear Acceptable Use Policy,” Amazon said. “However, we think that governments should act to regulate the use of this technology to ensure it’s used appropriately, and we have proposed guidelines for an appropriate U.S. national legislative framework that protects individual civil rights and ensures that governments are transparent in their application of the technology.”


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Goldman evaluating role in China’s Megvii IPO after US blacklist

Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday it was reviewing its involvement in Megvii Technology’s planned initial public offering (IPO) after the U.S. government placed the Chinese artificial intelligence firm on a human rights blacklist. In an emailed statement in response to a request for comment on the Alibaba-backed Megvii IPO, Goldman said it was “evaluating in light of the recent developments.” Goldman is a joint sponsor of the Megvii IPO, alongside Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, which both declined to


Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday it was reviewing its involvement in Megvii Technology’s planned initial public offering (IPO) after the U.S. government placed the Chinese artificial intelligence firm on a human rights blacklist. In an emailed statement in response to a request for comment on the Alibaba-backed Megvii IPO, Goldman said it was “evaluating in light of the recent developments.” Goldman is a joint sponsor of the Megvii IPO, alongside Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, which both declined to
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Goldman evaluating role in China's Megvii IPO after US blacklist

An attendee uses his smartphone to record a facial-recognition demonstration on himself at the Beijing Megvii booth at the MWC Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai, China, on June 27, 2019.

Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday it was reviewing its involvement in Megvii Technology’s planned initial public offering (IPO) after the U.S. government placed the Chinese artificial intelligence firm on a human rights blacklist.

The Trump administration said on Monday that Megvii and seven other Chinese companies were targeted because they were implicated in Beijing’s repression of Muslim minority populations in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the far west of the country.

In an emailed statement in response to a request for comment on the Alibaba-backed Megvii IPO, Goldman said it was “evaluating in light of the recent developments.” Sources had previously told Reuters the listing was scheduled for Hong Kong in the fourth quarter and might raise as much as $1 billion.

Risk consultants and Silicon Valley lawyers said that other U.S. companies involved with the blacklisted Chinese firms, whether as investors or as underwriters, are also likely to reevaluate their relationships.

Goldman is a joint sponsor of the Megvii IPO, alongside Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, which both declined to comment.

Goldman had thoroughly evaluated the Megvii deal before initially signing onto it using its usual due diligence process, a person familiar with the matter said.

Known in the artificial intelligence business for its facial recognition platform Face++, Megvii will become the first Chinese AI firm to go public if the deal goes ahead. The company provides facial recognition and other AI technology to governments and companies including Alibaba, Ant Financial, Lenovo Group and Huawei.


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Alibaba: China’s FlyZoo hotel uses facial recognition tech and robots

Alibaba is well known for its e-commerce platforms, but the Chinese tech giant has branched into fintech, film, new retail and now, hospitality. I recently stayed at Alibaba’s futuristic FlyZoo hotel, which is adjacent to its headquarters in Hangzhou, China. It features facial recognition doors, robotic arms at the bar and even robots that deliver items to guest rooms. Alibaba hopes the property will be a model for what a hotel of the future may look like. Andy Wang, CEO of Alibaba Future Hotel,


Alibaba is well known for its e-commerce platforms, but the Chinese tech giant has branched into fintech, film, new retail and now, hospitality. I recently stayed at Alibaba’s futuristic FlyZoo hotel, which is adjacent to its headquarters in Hangzhou, China. It features facial recognition doors, robotic arms at the bar and even robots that deliver items to guest rooms. Alibaba hopes the property will be a model for what a hotel of the future may look like. Andy Wang, CEO of Alibaba Future Hotel,
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Alibaba: China's FlyZoo hotel uses facial recognition tech and robots

Alibaba is well known for its e-commerce platforms, but the Chinese tech giant has branched into fintech, film, new retail and now, hospitality.

I recently stayed at Alibaba’s futuristic FlyZoo hotel, which is adjacent to its headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Here, there are no keycards and everything is cashless. It features facial recognition doors, robotic arms at the bar and even robots that deliver items to guest rooms.

Alibaba hopes the property will be a model for what a hotel of the future may look like.

Upon arrival, I noticed the lobby was completely bare: no check-in counters, no concierge, and no receptionists.

As a foreigner, however, I was quickly greeted by a staff member, who used a mobile device to take a photo of my passport and my face. Then she told me my room number and offered to email the receipt.

Andy Wang, CEO of Alibaba Future Hotel, claims the data recognition information is only kept during the duration of the guests’ stay and is not kept on record.


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Facial recognition technology needs controls on its use, World Economic Forum says

Dan Kitwood | Getty ImagesNEW DELHI — Governments need to take people’s privacy into account as more and more countries consider using facial recognition technology to beef up security, said an expert at the World Economic Forum. Facial recognition software is powerful biometric technology that can identify individuals based on digital images or video frames. “Firstly, with the government use of facial recognition technology and then also with the company use of facial recognition.” It’s about a


Dan Kitwood | Getty ImagesNEW DELHI — Governments need to take people’s privacy into account as more and more countries consider using facial recognition technology to beef up security, said an expert at the World Economic Forum. Facial recognition software is powerful biometric technology that can identify individuals based on digital images or video frames. “Firstly, with the government use of facial recognition technology and then also with the company use of facial recognition.” It’s about a
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Facial recognition technology needs controls on its use, World Economic Forum says

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NEW DELHI — Governments need to take people’s privacy into account as more and more countries consider using facial recognition technology to beef up security, said an expert at the World Economic Forum. Facial recognition software is powerful biometric technology that can identify individuals based on digital images or video frames. Artificial intelligence, high-definition surveillance cameras, and remote sensors have made the technology more powerful and expanded the ways it can be used. “The problem’s really two-fold,” Kay Firth-Butterfield, head of artificial intelligence at WEF, told CNBC at the India Economic Summit. “Firstly, with the government use of facial recognition technology and then also with the company use of facial recognition.”

Security or invasion?

The amount of data that can be collected on an individual is massive, and that raises privacy concerns. But there’s also a bigger issue, Firth-Butterfield said. It’s about asking, “when does use (of facial recognition technology) by the government amount to security compared to the invasion of our civil liberties.” She added that governments may argue for the use of facial recognition in airports to stop security risks, but questioned: “Do they need it to, for example, follow us from our house to a street demonstration?”

In a report released Friday, WEF said governments have to act to ensure fair and transparent use of facial recognition systems. They must also include policies that can safeguard individual rights and guide the socially beneficial development of the technology it said. “India has an important role to play to show its political willingness and impetus in doing so.”

Bias in facial recognition

Unlike other types of biometric data collection, such as fingerprints and iris scanning, facial recognition technology can collect information on people without them being aware of it. In some instances, people have been wrongly identified and the World Economic Forum says studies have shown facial recognition to be biased and “performing more poorly on people with darker skin tones and on women.”

Facial recognition technologies are here to stay, and they will get used. Deepankar Sanwalka advisory leader at PwC India

This week, the World Economic Forum was invited to work with India in answering some of those questions around privacy and the use of facial recognition technology.

India’s laws and regulations

In June, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, through the National Crime Records Bureau, invited bids to build an automated facial recognition system. The system would allow police to match people’s faces — captured on closed circuit cameras — against an existing image database and “generate alerts if a blacklist match is found.” That could help to identify criminals, missing persons or even dead bodies. But the move is said to have angered privacy campaigners because the country’s personal data protection laws are not yet up to par with regulation in other regions, such as the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe.


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Morgan Stanley bets big on Disney+ subscribers, says company is ‘preparing for liftoff’

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Tech giants want rules on facial recognition, but critics warn that won’t be enough

The privacy regulator has also been investigating the use of facial recognition by police. In Sweden, a local authority was fined under GDPR for trialing facial recognition on high-school students. Tomlinson told CNBC that policymakers should ensure live facial recognition is only used for “purposes where there is a real legitimate interest.” Facial recognition “has a track record of misidentifying people of color, women and kids,” Hare said. Campaigners are already challenging the police use of


The privacy regulator has also been investigating the use of facial recognition by police. In Sweden, a local authority was fined under GDPR for trialing facial recognition on high-school students. Tomlinson told CNBC that policymakers should ensure live facial recognition is only used for “purposes where there is a real legitimate interest.” Facial recognition “has a track record of misidentifying people of color, women and kids,” Hare said. Campaigners are already challenging the police use of
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Tech giants want rules on facial recognition, but critics warn that won't be enough

People walk past a CCTV camera at King’s Cross on August 16, 2019 in London. CCTV cameras using facial recognition are being investigated by the UK’s data protection watchdog.

It almost comes naturally to many smartphone users today. You can just take out your iPhone — or Android equivalent — and hold it up to your face to unlock the device. But the technology behind that has become increasingly controversial of late, with business executives and regulators alike calling for oversight. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year said the technology warranted “any regulation that helps the marketplace not be a race to the bottom.” While people are far more open to the idea of registering their portrait with Apple’s Face ID, the idea of being spotted by an artificial intelligence-powered camera on the street has proven much more unnerving. This is the difference, tech executives and experts say, between consensual identity verification and non-consensual surveillance. The use of facial recognition technology in London’s King’s Cross area was met with much backlash earlier this month, drawing the attention of the U.K. data protection watchdog. It emerged that Argent, a property developer, had deployed the software in the space without people’s knowledge. Argent was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC. Some are calling for a ban of so-called live facial recognition, where surveillance cameras equipped with the technology scan people in public places. One of the biggest problems with face identification systems, independent researcher Stephanie Hare said, is that it involves biometric data — in other words, information about people’s bodies. She thinks an outright ban on the technology should be one option on the table. “It needs to be treated in the same way that your DNA would be,” Hare told CNBC. “They’re in the same category of powerful data. What you could do with face recognition in terms of identifying someone in real time makes it a surveillance technology.” And it’s that issue of surveillance that has become a key concern for regulators. Britain’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said she would launch a probe into how the software was used in London, adding she was “deeply concerned about the growing use of facial recognition technology in public spaces” by both law enforcement and the private sector. The privacy regulator has also been investigating the use of facial recognition by police.

UK police trials

Some police forces in the U.K. have conducted trials of the technology, which is being promoted by the Home Office. London’s Metropolitan Police ended its pilot program, which was aimed at identifying criminals, last month. Researchers from the University of Essex found “significant flaws ” with the Met’s trial, adding that police deployment of live facial recognition technology “may be held unlawful if challenged before the courts.” South Wales Police, on the other hand, has gone ahead with an app that lets officers run a snapshot of a person through a database of suspects to find potential matches. That’s despite a court case against the force brought by the campaign group Liberty. Privacy campaigners at Big Brother Watch want the British parliament to step in. They think that lawmakers in the country should look to ban the technology from being used for monitoring people, rather than introduce regulation that sees it permitted under certain guidelines. Laws can take years to implement and even then policies would vary across different regions. “We’re not asking parliament to regulate, we’re asking parliament to immediately put a stop to it,” Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, told CNBC. “If anyone thinks it’s feasible that live facial recognition for public surveillance is possible in a rights-respecting democracy, they’d have to make a pretty convincing argument.”

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Various police forces across the country have pushed back against the scheme. “That’s not a positive thing,” said Jason Tooley, chief revenue officer of biometric software maker Veridium. The worry for some is whether legislators take too heavy-handed an approach. “In terms of innovative technology, we want the police forces to be able to innovate to deliver better services,” Tooley told CNBC. “What we’ve got to try to avoid here is that innovation is squashed or stopped.” Biometric data is already covered by the European Union’s GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, a data privacy overhaul that was introduced by the bloc last year. The rules call on companies to obtain explicit consent from consumers on the use of their personal information. In Sweden, a local authority was fined under GDPR for trialing facial recognition on high-school students. But recently it was reported that the EU is looking to tighten its laws around the use of facial recognition as part of an overhaul of how AI is regulated. Natasha Bertaud, deputy chief spokesperson for the European Commission, declined to comment on that report last week, but pointed to recommendations from a group of experts advising the EU executive body on its approach to AI. That group had suggested the EU consider the need for new regulation of biometric technologies like emotion tracking and facial recognition.

Tech firms ‘ride the wave of public opinion’

So where do tech firms like Microsoft and Amazon sit in the regulatory debate swirling around facial recognition? Tech giants make “big claims about being on the side of privacy,” but ultimately “ride the wave of where public opinion is,” said Mike Beck, global head of threat analysis at cybersecurity firm Darktrace. Amazon’s computer vision platform Rekognition — that’s the one that can now apparently detect fear — has in the past been used by police in the U.S. That hasn’t always sat well with the company’s own shareholders, who earlier this year lumped pressure on the tech giant to stop selling the facial identification software to law enforcement.

But the company has — like Microsoft — said it wants to at least see guidelines established to ensure the technology is used ethically. “New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse,” Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy for Amazon’s cloud business, AWS, said in a blog post earlier this year. Microsoft has repeatedly called on governments to regulate face recognition, with the firm’s president, Brad Smith, having previously said that 2019 should be the year for regulation. Google, meanwhile, has said it will not sell the technology “before working through important technology and policy questions.” Beck said that a ban on live facial recognition was “not the answer,” adding regulation would need to address how biometric data is collected and handled by organizations. “Regulation is only part of the answer,” he said. “Securing data when it is collected is as important as regulating the applications of the technology in the first place.” Meanwhile, Gus Tomlinson, head of strategy at identity verification firm GBG, said a clear regulatory framework could help consumers understand the benefits of the technology — one of the benefits cited by Amazon is that Rekognition has been used to prevent human trafficking and find missing children. Tomlinson told CNBC that policymakers should ensure live facial recognition is only used for “purposes where there is a real legitimate interest.”

‘Perfect tool of oppression’

One big problem with facial recognition is it uses machine-learning algorithms that are fed abundant volumes of data on people’s faces to be able to discriminate between one person and another. But that information can be discriminatory in its own right, as demonstrated by MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini, who published a paper that showed such systems are less likely to accurately identify ethnic minorities and women than white men. The combination of that with laying down the law is problematic, critics say, as it could result in cases of mistaken identity and people being wrongly arrested. Facial recognition “has a track record of misidentifying people of color, women and kids,” Hare said. And even as the technology improves, it could become a “perfect tool of oppression,” Carlo said, adding: “In extremis, you could live in a society where you have no chance of being anonymous.” The technology is used without hesitation in China. The country is littered with millions of surveillance cameras and almost all of its 1.4 billion citizens are included in a facial recognition database. That has become a source of scrutiny amid claims the technology has been used to track Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang territory.

In the U.S., meanwhile, the technology is facing increasing pushback from legislators, at least in terms of how it’s used by the police. The California State Senate is considering legislation that would ban the use of facial recognition software in police body cameras, while San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors already went ahead with moving to ban the use of the technology by law enforcement. Hare said that the issue was so severe that it could result in a “landmark” court case. Campaigners are already challenging the police use of facial recognition in the U.K., but Hare said there could one day be a “class action lawsuit.” She said GDPR — under which firms can be fined up to 4% of their global revenues — would be “legalizing mass surveillance” if it doesn’t protect people from live facial recognition.


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