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Amazon Markets Surveillance Technology to Law Enforcement

Amazon is marketing a facial recognition service to law enforcement, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Marketing materials for the service, known as Rekognition, tout its ability to identify and track "people of interest," scan images against a massive database of faces, and monitor "all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places"—such as airports or protests.

Amazon is already working with customers to implement Rekognition, providing troubleshooting and consulting services. Records requests to two Rekognition customers—the city of Orlando and Oregon's Washington County Sheriff's Office—suggest that neither municipality notified the public or implemented rules for the service's use to protect citizens' civil rights. Internal emails show that at least one employee in Washington County warned that the "ACLU might consider this the government getting in bed with big data.

Another Longtime Trump Attorney Has Links to Russia and Michael Cohen

Cohen told ProPublica last year that he used Kasowitz's offices "because we were working on several matters together after the inauguration." Both he and Kasowitz have declined to specify what they collaborated on.

A Columbus Nova spokesman said that the investment firm was not introduced to Cohen by Kasowitz. The spokesman said Kasowitz worked on only one commercial matter for Columbus Nova and that it was a coincidence that the firm had used two lawyers who also represent Trump.

Asked whether any of Cohen's brief time at the Kasowitz offices related to matters for Columbus Nova, Renova, or Vekselberg, a Kasowitz spokesman said "no." The spokesman added, "The firm did not do any substantive work with Michael Cohen after he left the Trump Organization." Cohen resigned from the Trump Organization in January of 2017.

Cohen didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Any work Cohen did with Kasowitz in 2017 could take on new relevance since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's home and office last month. Kasowitz, who was Trump's lead lawyer in the Russia investigation for a brief period last year, has reportedly still been involved in advising the president in the case.