More than 200 musical artists and 30 human rights groups on Tuesday endorsed a Fight for the Future-led campaign opposing the use of Amazon palm-scanning technology at Colorado\u0026#039;s famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.\r\n\r\n\u0022Introducing biometric surveillance technology at events, even just for the marginal-at-best \u0026#039;convenience\u0026#039; of making the line move faster, makes music fans less safe.\u0022\r\n\r\nRed Rocks Amphitheatre, which is owned and operated by the city and county of Denver, began using the technology—called Amazon One—as an optional replacement for physical or digital tickets earlier this year.\r\n\r\n\u0022Amazon signed a deal with entertainment company AEG to bring the technology to Red Rocks, which sells tickets on AEG\u0026#039;s ticketing site, AXS,\u0022 Fortune reports, noting that \u0022it will be available at other venues in the coming months.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe new campaign includes an open letter calling on the venue and its ticketing partner to \u0022immediately cancel all contracts with Amazon for the invasive Amazon One palm scanning technology, and ban all biometric surveillance at events and venues once and for all.\u0022\r\n\r\nSignatories include Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigr, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Gramatik, and Mannequin Pussy, as well as the organizations Access Now, American Friends Service Committee, Jobs With Justice, Kairos, Media Justice, Presente.org, and United We Dream.\r\n\r\n\u0022The spread of biometric surveillance tools like palm scans and facial recognition now threatens to destroy\u0022 concertgoers\u0026#039; experiences, the campaign warns, by transforming venues into \u0022hotspots\u0022 for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, false arrests, police harassment, and identity theft.\r\n\r\nThe letter notes that in 2019, over 40 major music festivals \u0022responded to activists\u0026#039; demands to reject invasive facial recognition technology,\u0022 and that \u0022AEG is one of the many companies that has taken a strong stand\u0022 against the use of such technology.\r\n\r\n\u0022Red Rocks, AXS, and AEG must now go one step further and refuse palm-scanning devices and all other forms of invasive biometric surveillance,\u0022 the letter continues. \u0022Our privacy, safety, and lives are at stake.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAn Amazon spokesperson called the new campaign\u0026#039;s claims \u0022inaccurate\u0022 and said that \u0022Amazon One is not a facial recognition technology—it is an optional technology designed to make daily activities faster and easier for customers, and users who choose to participate must make an intentional gesture with their palm to use the service.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe spokesperson added that \u0022safeguarding customer privacy is a foundational design principle,\u0022 explaining that \u0022Amazon One devices are protected by multiple security controls, and palm images are never stored on the Amazon One device. Rather, the images are encrypted and sent to a highly secure area we custom-built for Amazon One in the cloud where we create your palm signature.\u0022\r\n\r\nFor some supporters of the campaign, concerns about the technology outweigh any convenience.\r\n\r\nEvan Greer is director of Fight for the Future, which not only is spearheading this effort against Amazon—long criticized by rights groups for various business practices—but has also led similar efforts, such as a campaign launched earlier this year to end U.S. retailers\u0026#039; use of facial recognition technology.\r\n\r\nGreer—also a musician who recently released an album titled Spotify is Surveillance—said in a statement Tuesday that \u0022I don\u0026#039;t want anyone coming to one of my concerts to have to worry that they\u0026#039;ll be subjected to invasive surveillance, or coerced into handing over their sensitive biometric information to a corporation.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Music festivals and many concert venues are already unsafe, exclusive, and inaccessible for many marginalized folks, including trans and nonbinary people,\u0022 she added. \u0022Introducing biometric surveillance technology at events, even just for the marginal-at-best \u0026#039;convenience\u0026#039; of making the line move faster, makes music fans less safe.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We have to stop this technology from spreading before it becomes impossible to avoid.\u0022\r\n\r\nFight for the Future campaign director Caitlin Seeley George, who lives near and has attended events at Red Rocks, said that \u0022it pains me that this palm-scanning technology is being used in such a special place, on people who just want to go and enjoy a live show and likely don\u0026#039;t understand the risks of giving over their biometric data—risks like identity theft and having data passed on to abusive law enforcement agencies or marketing companies.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We have to stop this technology from spreading before it becomes impossible to avoid,\u0022 she said, \u0022and we expect places like Red Rocks to champion the safety of music lovers over this dangerous and invasive surveillance.\u0022\r\n\r\nSiena Mann, campaign manager for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, pointed out that \u0022biometrics collection is central to Department of Homeland Security\u0026#039;s (DHS) and police departments\u0026#039; surveillance infrastructure,\u0022 and expressed concern about law enforcement gaining access to the data.\r\n\r\n\u0022Thousands visit Red Rocks every month to experience amazing performances, not to be part of some dangerous biometric surveillance experiment,\u0022 Mann said. \u0022Amazon using the guise of convenience to convince droves of concertgoers to offer up their biometric data is twisted, disturbing, and unacceptable. Simply put, palm scans and other forms of biometric data collection, like facial recognition, are tools of state violence.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis post has been updated with a statement from Amazon.