Amazon employees are again asking CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition software to law enforcement customers, according to this Medium blog post penned by an anonymous Amazon employee. The employees also want Amazon to end its customer relationship with analytics software company Palantir over its ties to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The letter reiterates similar demands Amazon employees made of Mr. Bezos in June, and shows that employees aren’t giving up their battle to get Amazon to change its sales policies for AI products.
Mr. Bezos and other senior leaders have said they trust law enforcement customers not to violate any laws in the course of using AWS services. But similar protests have worked at other companies. Google pulled out of the bidding for a $10 billion cloud computing contract for the Pentagon earlier this month, and Microsoft in July called for government regulation of facial recognition technology after the company was accused of helping ICE separate children from their families at the southern border.