Following a report released Tuesday that detailed how tech companies have provided the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with biometric and surveillance technology, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called for a “moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology for immigration enforcement and law enforcement purposes until Congress and the public debate what, if any, uses of this technology should be permitted.” On Thursday, the ACLU released a statement explaining that it has also filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding DHS disclose to the public “if and how the agency is using or plans to use the technology.” The report released earlier this week releveled that Amazon has been “pushing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to purchase the company’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition,” according to the ACLU.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.