AWS accused of UK Russia sanctions breach over facial recognition

07/06/2024 | Financial Times

An ex-employee of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Charles Forrest, has filed a claim against his former employer, alleging unfair dismissal after claiming AWS had breached UK sanctions by providing Moscow with its facial recognition technology after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The case was heard during a preliminary hearing in a London employment tribunal, where Forrest presented evidence of an illegal supply of facial recognition technology to Russian state security services. Forrest also claimed to have reported the alleged activity to the UK’s House of Commons Defence Select Committee and Serious Fraud Office in 2023.

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