Denver City Council identified as sex offenders in mismatches

Denver City Council identified as sex offenders in mismatches
Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver. (Image via Facebook)

“A group tested Amazon’s facial-recognition software on Denver City Council members. Nine of them were falsely identified as sex offenders, and in some cases the system was 92% confident they were a match,” notes Drew Harwell.

Tests were run with Amazon’s Rekognition software. Councilmember Chris Hinds’ photo falsely matched four different registered sex offenders. Their crimes ranged from sexual assault of a child to attempted sexual assault on a child. Nine council members had photos that matched someone in the sex offender registry. In some cases, the software was 92% confident the photos were a match.

Amazon said the test was conducted using an improperly low confidence threshold, and that 99% confidence should be required for matches by those conducting the tests, not a mere 92%.

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for CNSNews.com and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

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