Amazon’s ‘nightmarish’ plan to put facial recognition in doorbells revealed

Amazon has been slammed for developing ‘disturbing’ tech which puts facial recognition into doorbells.

It has applied to patent an invention which will recognise ‘suspicious’ people when they come to someone’s door and let homeowners alert the police.

The patent reveals how doorbells could be turned into a network of surveillance devices.

Jacob Snow, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, savaged the proposal and said it heralded a sinister future.

He wrote: ‘As a former patent litigator, I’ve spent a lot of time reading patents. It’s rare for patent applications to lay out, in such nightmarish detail, the world a company wants to bring about.

A drawing from Amazon’s patent application

‘Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future, with its technology at the centre of a massive decentralized surveillance network, running real-time facial recognition on members of the public using cameras installed in people’s doorbells.’

He added: ‘Amazon is building the tools for authoritarian surveillance that advocates, activists, community leaders, politicians, and experts have repeatedly warned against.

‘It is doing so without regard for how the technology will be exploited by law enforcement, ICE, and other government agencies prone to violence and racial discrimination. It’s time for Amazon to take responsibility and stop chasing profit at the expense of safety and civil rights.’


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