Amazon AWS Panorama workplace surveillance

Occurred: December 2020

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Amazon Web Service is launching AWS Panorama, a new service that enables the automated analysis of workplace security camera footage. 

Amazon says Panorama can be used to 'evaluate manufacturing quality, identify bottlenecks in industrial processes, and monitor workplace safety and security.' 

However, as the BBC points out, the service can be used to monitor people as well as goods, raising concerns about workplace privacy and surveillance.

Operator: Amazon

Developer: Amazon

Country: USA

Sector: Business/professional services

Purpose: Assess product quality; Monitor workplace safety & security  
Technology: CCTV; Computer vision

Issue: Privacy; Surveillance; Dual/multi-use
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: January 2021
Last updated: January 2022