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Amazon shareholders on Wednesday rejected proposals to ban sales of the company's facial recognition service to governments and to audit the service to determine if it harms civil rights and privacy the vote is a blow to civil liberties groups who had urged the tech giant to address what the ACLU calls the dangers of the new technology writers Amazon correspondent Jeffrey dastan covered the shareholder meeting well Amazon shareholders may have rejected the proposals around facial recognition from now that doesn't mean that there won't be major changes soon too the company's technology and who uses that today members of Congress both Republican and Democrat expressed growing interest in regulating that technology during the first of two committee hearings on facial recognition and civil rights a democratic member of the committee said in response to the Amazon vote you know this just means that Congress has to act the capacity for abuse lack of oversight and technical immaturity poses too great a risk in the past year Amazon is found itself at the center of a growing debate over the use of facial recognition by governments with critics warning not only that the technology could be misused but also that it could be faulty which could lead to false matches and arrests are places may well be the final frontier of privacy proponents of the technology are you would keep the public safe Amazon has already sold its recognition service to law enforcement in Oregon and Florida behind the shareholder concern was research that showed Amazon's technology had issues with identifying the gender of individuals with darker skin prompting fears that a faulty technology would put innocent people behind bars