Data Center Dynamics: Human rights groups call on AWS to stop hosting massive DHS biometric surveillance system

May 24, 2022

In a public letter signed by Access Now, Mijente, Electronic Privacy Information Center, and others, the groups said that “AWS is directly facilitating the creation of an invasive biometrics database that will supercharge surveillance and deportation, risking human rights violations.”

The letter to AWS CEO Adam Selipsky notes that the technology could be used for racially profiling individuals, as ICE’s ‘EDDIE’ app is accused of being used for along the US-Mexico border.

The groups also note that the DHS admits it “cannot ensure accuracy” and quality of the data in HART, because the data is added by third parties, including foreign governments and companies like LexisNexis and Clearview AI.

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