In November, more than 200 artists—among them Tom Morello and Kathleen Hanna—signed an open letter against the use of Amazon-powered palm-scanning technology at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In the wake of the campaigners’ privacy concerns, the venue has now discontinued the use of the service. A representative told Fight for the Future, the organization behind the campaign, that they weren’t sure “what the future of this technology is, but at this point it doesn’t involve our venues.”
Fight for the Future shared a response to the development via representative Leila Nashashibi:
In addition to the artist signatories, more than 30 other organizations joined the campaign against the palm scanners, among them the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. AXS had announced in September that Red Rocks would be the first site for palm-scan entry, and promoted it with claims that the palm scans are more hygienic and will reduce entry times for guests.