ACLU: Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots

ACLU: Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots. “Amazon’s face surveillance technology is the target of growing opposition nationwide, and today, there are 28 more causes for concern. In a test the ACLU recently conducted of the facial recognition tool, called ‘Rekognition,’ the software incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress, identifying them as other people who have been arrested for a crime.”

Business Insider: Facebook, Amazon, and Google just spent record amounts of cash on lobbying Washington, DC

Business Insider: Facebook, Amazon, and Google just spent record amounts of cash on lobbying Washington, DC. “Amid increased scrutiny from major politicians and activists, tech giants Facebook, Amazon, and Google each set records during the second quarter of 2018 for dollars spent on lobbying in Washington, DC, disclosures showed. Facebook, a company that has faced backlash over privacy concerns, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and fake news on its platform, spent $3.67 million on lobbying in the quarter. That’s the largest single-quarter sum the company has ever spent, Politico reported.”

TechCrunch: Amazon launches Part Finder, built by technology it acquired from Partpic in 2016

TechCrunch: Amazon launches Part Finder, built by technology it acquired from Partpic in 2016. “Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one? Amazon’s ‘Part Finder’ can help. The company has rolled out a new feature on mobile that lets you point your camera at the item in question, so Amazon can scan it, match it, then direct you to matching items from its product catalog.”

The Daily Swig: A new tool helps you find open Amazon S3 buckets

The Daily Swig: A new tool helps you find open Amazon S3 buckets. “Hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files are publically available through open Amazon buckets, a new online tool can reveal. The free tool, created by software engineer GrayhatWarfare, is a searchable database where a current list of 48,623 open S3 buckets can be found.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat code reveals team-up with Amazon for ‘Camera Search’

TechCrunch: Snapchat code reveals team-up with Amazon for ‘Camera Search’ . “Codenamed ‘Eagle,’ Snapchat is building a visual product search feature that delivers users to Amazon’s listings. Buried inside the code of Snapchat’s Android app is an unreleased ‘Visual Search’ feature where you ‘Press and hold to identify an object, song, barcode, and more! This works by sending data to Amazon, Shazam, and other partners.’ Once an object or barcode has been scanned you can “See all results at Amazon.””

CNET: Tech giants met with US intelligence officials over midterm elections

CNET: Tech giants met with US intelligence officials over midterm elections. “Representatives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oath, Snap and Twitter, met last month with representatives of the US intelligence community to discuss preparations for the midterm elections, The New York Times reported Monday. The meeting, which Facebook confirmed it hosted, was the first discussion between tech companies and intelligence officials on the topic since Russian operatives used social media to sow seeds of discord among Americans during the 2016 election.”