Amazon urged to end support for DHS biometric program

By Mike LaSusa (May 24, 2022, 4:32 p.m. EDT) — A coalition of immigration and technology advocacy groups urged Amazon on Tuesday not to provide web hosting services for the information database biometrics from the US Department of Homeland Security, citing concerns about the implications of the project for civil liberties and privacy rights.

More than three dozen groups, including Just Futures Law, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the National Immigrant Justice Center, have signed a letter calling on Amazon Web Services to cancel an agreement to host the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology, or HART, database. .

“By hosting the DHS HART database, AWS is directly facilitating the creation of an invasive biometric database that…

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