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Amazon files suit challenging Pentagon ‘war cloud’ contract with Microsoft
 
"US Senator Edward Markey yesterday revealed the results of a months-long investigation into Amazon‘s Ring camera-doorbells and the company’s relationship with law enforcement. The Senator’s press team dubbed the findings 'alarming' and called the company’s policies 'an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations'."

"The press release [...] describes several key findings indicating that Amazon executives took little or no action to prevent or discourage misuse of camera footage by law enforcement, even going so far as to urge officers to 'to take steps that will increase rates of video sharing' and approaching customers with targeted language intended to convince them to give footage to law enforcement."

#Amazon #Ring #privacy #surveillance
 
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Bernie Sanders on Seattle council races: Amazon ‘should have kept their money’

"After progressive candidates achieved a near sweep in Seattle’s City Council elections, 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is weighing in, again directing some pointed words toward Amazon."

#Seattle #Amazon #inequality #corporatocracy #Bernie2020

Tweet via https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1193563004429832193
 

Amazon Echo and Google Home owners spied on by apps | BBC News

Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers have been compromised by apps modified to spy on users after being approved by the technology companies.
Berlin-based Security Research Labs (SRL) built the eight "smart spies", which were promoted as a way to deliver horoscopes and generate random numbers.
Once approved, the researchers updated the Echo Skills and Home Actions to eavesdrop and steal passwords.
They then alerted the US companies, which blocked the software.
#technology #SmartSpeaker #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #assistant #Amazon #Echo #Google #Home
 
En vingt ans, #Google, #Apple, #Facebook, #Amazon et #Microsoft ont investi notre quotidien, colonisé nos imaginaires, mis la main sur nos données personnelles. Peut-on leur échapper ? Pour chacun de ces services, les alternatives aux « #Gafam » existent déjà, et rassemblent, pour certaines d’entre elles, plusieurs millions d’utilisateurs. Basta! vous les présente.

Mastodon, Diaspora, PeerTube... : des alternatives « libres » face aux géants du Net et à leur monde orwellien

En vingt ans, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon et Microsoft ont investi notre quotidien, colonisé nos imaginaires, mis la main sur nos données personnelles. Peut-on leur échapper ? Pour chacun de ces services, les alternatives aux « Gafam » existent déjà, et rassemblent, pour certaines d’entre elles, plusieurs millions d’utilisateurs. Basta ! vous les présente.
Les chiffres sont à manier avec précaution, mais on estime que Google capterait à lui seul plus de 90 % des requêtes sur les moteurs de (...)

 
En vingt ans, #Google, #Apple, #Facebook, #Amazon et #Microsoft ont investi notre quotidien, colonisé nos imaginaires, mis la main sur nos données personnelles. Peut-on leur échapper ? Pour chacun de ces services, les alternatives aux « #Gafam » existent déjà, et rassemblent, pour certaines d’entre elles, plusieurs millions d’utilisateurs. Basta! vous les présente.

Mastodon, Diaspora, PeerTube... : des alternatives « libres » face aux géants du Net et à leur monde orwellien

En vingt ans, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon et Microsoft ont investi notre quotidien, colonisé nos imaginaires, mis la main sur nos données personnelles. Peut-on leur échapper ? Pour chacun de ces services, les alternatives aux « Gafam » existent déjà, et rassemblent, pour certaines d’entre elles, plusieurs millions d’utilisateurs. Basta ! vous les présente.
Les chiffres sont à manier avec précaution, mais on estime que Google capterait à lui seul plus de 90 % des requêtes sur les moteurs de (...)

 

Is Amazon Watching You? Cloud Cam Footage Reviewed By Humans | Bloomberg

In a promotional video, Amazon.com Inc. says its Cloud Cam home security camera provides “everything you need to monitor your home, day or night.” In fact, the artificially intelligent device requires help from a squad of invisible employees.

Dozens of Amazon workers based in India and Romania review select clips captured by Cloud Cam, according to five people who have worked on the program or have direct knowledge of it. Those video snippets are then used to train the AI algorithms to do a better job distinguishing between a real threat (a home invader) and a false alarm (the cat jumping on the sofa).
#technology #HomeSecurity #webcam #surveillance #security #privacy #Amazon
 

Anti-extremism group run by social media giants becomes independent | Engadget

A group formed by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to combat terrorist abuse and online extremism on social media is becoming a separate organization. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism has announced today that it plans on hiring an executive director and separate staff to lead the initiative, which was formed a little more than two years ago. Also joining the initiative will be Amazon, Whatsapp and Linkedin.
#technology #SocialMedia #security #extremism #GIFCT #Facebook #Microsoft #Twitter #YouTube #Amazon #WhatsApp #LinkedIn
 

The US government wants to read Mark Zuckerberg's emails | TechRadar

The private emails of many top technology CEOs may be called in for investigation as part of a major US government antitrust investigation.

The likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple chief Tim Cook and Amazon founder and world's richest man Jeff Bezos could all be scrutinised by officials concerned about anti-competition practices.
#technology #Facebook #Apple #Amazon #antitrust #anticompetition
 
Tell Trump not to use his Brazilian cohort to further exploit the Amazon Rainforest
#PeoplesVoice #RecklessPolitics #ImpeachTrump #Amazon #Rainforest #Petition

"The Amazon is burning, and yet Donald Trump wants to open the world's largest intact temperate forest to exploitation by mining and logging companies.

Instead of putting pressure on Trumpian Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to act in the Amazon, Trump appears to be following his lead here in America. He recently instructed the secretary of agriculture to open 10 million acres in the stunning Tongass National Forest to brutal exploitation.

Tongass retains more carbon than any forest in the United States, provides habitat for iconic wild creatures and contains old-growth trees as much as 1,000 years old. We can't let Trump destroy it.

"There are very few places in the world that are wild," one Alaska tour guide told reporters. "Here we have one, in southeast Alaska, and it’s being put at risk.” The Tongass National Forest is a 500-mile archipelago, which encompasses the world's largest temperate rainforest and is "home to five species of Pacific salmon, humpback and orca whales, otters, beavers, Alexander Archipelago wolves, plus some of the largest concentrations of brown bears and bald eagles found in the United States."

Its old-growth trees store vast amounts of carbon – an estimated 10-12% of all of America's national forests – and play a critical role as "Alaska’s first line of climate change defense." Local indigenous people, including the Tlingit and Haida, have lived in this region for centuries and rely on the forest's healthy natural resources for survival.

The Tongass was open to logging exploitation until the 1990s. As much as half of the old-growth trees in the forest were clear-cut. A Clinton-era "roadless rule" requires the National Forest Service to approve new industrial roads that allow for logging on a case-by-case basis. But Trump recently directed the secretary of agriculture to exempt the Tongass from the rule and unilaterally open up to 10 million acres to exploitation. It appears to be a prelude to pushing for a full repeal of the rule that limits oil, gas and logging companies from plowing up our national forests.

Trump's plan would also devastate tourism and sustainable salmon fishing – costing Alaska far more than it would gain from environmentally destructive logging that requires federal subsidies to be profitable. Clear-cutting forests has weirdly become "an obsession" for Trump, according to a former advisor. We need to generate a massive public backlash to stop this idea in its tracks before mining and gas companies plow through the Tongass."
 
Tell Trump not to use his Brazilian cohort to further exploit the Amazon Rainforest
#PeoplesVoice #RecklessPolitics #ImpeachTrump #Amazon #Rainforest #Petition

"The Amazon is burning, and yet Donald Trump wants to open the world's largest intact temperate forest to exploitation by mining and logging companies.

Instead of putting pressure on Trumpian Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to act in the Amazon, Trump appears to be following his lead here in America. He recently instructed the secretary of agriculture to open 10 million acres in the stunning Tongass National Forest to brutal exploitation.

Tongass retains more carbon than any forest in the United States, provides habitat for iconic wild creatures and contains old-growth trees as much as 1,000 years old. We can't let Trump destroy it.

"There are very few places in the world that are wild," one Alaska tour guide told reporters. "Here we have one, in southeast Alaska, and it’s being put at risk.” The Tongass National Forest is a 500-mile archipelago, which encompasses the world's largest temperate rainforest and is "home to five species of Pacific salmon, humpback and orca whales, otters, beavers, Alexander Archipelago wolves, plus some of the largest concentrations of brown bears and bald eagles found in the United States."

Its old-growth trees store vast amounts of carbon – an estimated 10-12% of all of America's national forests – and play a critical role as "Alaska’s first line of climate change defense." Local indigenous people, including the Tlingit and Haida, have lived in this region for centuries and rely on the forest's healthy natural resources for survival.

The Tongass was open to logging exploitation until the 1990s. As much as half of the old-growth trees in the forest were clear-cut. A Clinton-era "roadless rule" requires the National Forest Service to approve new industrial roads that allow for logging on a case-by-case basis. But Trump recently directed the secretary of agriculture to exempt the Tongass from the rule and unilaterally open up to 10 million acres to exploitation. It appears to be a prelude to pushing for a full repeal of the rule that limits oil, gas and logging companies from plowing up our national forests.

Trump's plan would also devastate tourism and sustainable salmon fishing – costing Alaska far more than it would gain from environmentally destructive logging that requires federal subsidies to be profitable. Clear-cutting forests has weirdly become "an obsession" for Trump, according to a former advisor. We need to generate a massive public backlash to stop this idea in its tracks before mining and gas companies plow through the Tongass."
 
Amazon's attempt to control the book world extends everywhere, they own the following:

Goodreads
Abebooks
Librarything (40%, through Abebooks)
Kindle
Audible

You don't have to get your books from Amazon or use Amazon book services. There are much more ethical alternatives available:

https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-amazon-and-goodreads/

Some of these alternatives are also on the Fediverse:
@inventaire
@libreture

#Amazon #Alternatives #Books #eBooks #DeleteAmazon
Ethical alternatives to Amazon Books, Kindle, Audible and Goodreads
 
Posted this a couple of days ago, now there are pictures with it


For the old post click here
#amazon #ice
 
Posted this a couple of days ago, now there are pictures with it


For the old post click here
#amazon #ice
 
@WishSimply, your first sentence "For your wishlist needs you might want to check out wishsimply." was immediately talking about the product you wish to advertise. To be honest, your comment basically fits to any post containing hashtags #privacy and #amazon. So if you were not joining the conversation, we may think that you are running a bot account spamming on all posts having those hashtags...

If you reverse the order: first joint the conversation and then bring up your product and also first tell us the problem and just after that you have a solution, then your advertising become less annoying and more effective I think.

For example in the case of this post, you could have started with bringing up that Google is just the tip of the iceberg and there are lots of other BigData trader companies in the dark side. Amazon is one of them as it is mentioned at the end of the post. And then continue with that wish list is another privacy invading product of Amanzon and others. And then mention that you are developing a privacy respecting alternative to that. At least this is how I would have introduced it if I were you.

I know this is a tough dilemma because advertising is bad in general. Usually, it just makes people to waste money on stuff that they don't need. However, without some kind of advertising good solutions/products cannot spread. Therefore, I think the good/acceptable way of advertising is spreading information in a honest, correct and helping way, aiming to improve something (such as the privacy of individuals).
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 

Amazon is helping police convince people to hand over their Ring camera footage | The Verge

Amazon’s home security company Ring is coaching police departments in how to effectively request security camera footage from its customers, police emails obtained by Motherboard suggest. The emails contain advice like being more active on social media or speaking at meetings in order to encourage a better “opt in rate.”
#technology #security #privacy #Amazon #Ring
 

#Amazon says #US #government demands for customer #data went up | TechCrunch


https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/01/amazon-prism-transparency-data/

#Surveillance
Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up
 

#Amazon says #US #government demands for customer #data went up | TechCrunch


https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/01/amazon-prism-transparency-data/

#Surveillance
Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up
 

Amazon gold miners invade indigenous village in Brazil after its leader is killed


Kureni Waiãpi said Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro had encouraged invasions like this. “It is because he, the president, is threatening the peoples of Brazil,” he said
So, what if... YOU lived there?


#Amazon #indigenous #Gold #Bolsonaro
Amazon gold miners invade indigenous village in Brazil after its leader is killed
 

Amazon gold miners invade indigenous village in Brazil after its leader is killed


Kureni Waiãpi said Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro had encouraged invasions like this. “It is because he, the president, is threatening the peoples of Brazil,” he said
So, what if... YOU lived there?


#Amazon #indigenous #Gold #Bolsonaro
Amazon gold miners invade indigenous village in Brazil after its leader is killed
 
Goodbye #Microsoft #Apple and hello #Linux
A few weeks ago I reported my conversion to #Manjaro and NO I have no regrets.
I had spent some time ridding
myself of dependence on the likes of #Microsoft and #Google and now more goid news.
I own an #ipod nano 8gb that had stopped working using #itunes and #windows. Idug it out of a drawer and hooked it up to my nice fresh #Manjaro. Imagine my surprise, I now have a fully functioning extended battery life mp3 player. However, there is more. It now has a capacity of 12.2gb, really a 50% increase in capacity.
So not only do these huge tech companies want the world, our #data and our money, they are with all their bloatedness not unlike their #president #Trump, completely ungreen!!!!!!!
I not unlike many have had enough and would urge people to stop with the "How can I live without #Google #Apple #Microsoft #Amazon #Facebook #AnyTechGiant #HugeCorpiration" and take direct action. JUST CHANGE YOUR HABITS and give something else a go.
Be Good
Have Fun
Be Free
Big Up
bing
 
Goodbye #Microsoft #Apple and hello #Linux
A few weeks ago I reported my conversion to #Manjaro and NO I have no regrets.
I had spent some time ridding
myself of dependence on the likes of #Microsoft and #Google and now more goid news.
I own an #ipod nano 8gb that had stopped working using #itunes and #windows. Idug it out of a drawer and hooked it up to my nice fresh #Manjaro. Imagine my surprise, I now have a fully functioning extended battery life mp3 player. However, there is more. It now has a capacity of 12.2gb, really a 50% increase in capacity.
So not only do these huge tech companies want the world, our #data and our money, they are with all their bloatedness not unlike their #president #Trump, completely ungreen!!!!!!!
I not unlike many have had enough and would urge people to stop with the "How can I live without #Google #Apple #Microsoft #Amazon #Facebook #AnyTechGiant #HugeCorpiration" and take direct action. JUST CHANGE YOUR HABITS and give something else a go.
Be Good
Have Fun
Be Free
Big Up
bing
 
"Last week, Motherboard reported on a public record request that revealed that Amazon had struck confidential deals with local police forces to get them to promote the company's Internet of Things 'Ring' doorbells, and the accompanying 'Neighbors' app that produces a kind of private surveillance mesh overlooking nearby public spaces -- under the terms of the deal, cops would be able to see a map noting locations of Ring surveillance cams and request footage from their owners."

"Now, a further records request shows that one officer who was trained by Amazon for the program was told that 200 law enforcement agencies had struck similar deals."

#Amazon #Ring #surveillance #privacy
Cop says Amazon told him they had "partnered" with 200 US police forces to sell and tap into Ring surveillance doorbells
 
I've updated the "Alternatives to Amazon Books" page to make it clearer.

If you're looking for alternatives to Amazon Books, or Amazon's book-related properties (Kindle, Goodreads, Audible), here are some suggestions:

https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-amazon-and-goodreads/

#Amazon #DeleteAmazon #Books #eBooks #Audiobooks

More #Alternatives:
https://mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/tagged/alternatives
Ethical alternatives to Amazon Books, Kindle, Audible and Goodreads
 
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Alexa löscht fast nie


Probleme mit Amazon und der intelligenten Assistentin Alexa

Senator Chris Coons aus Delaware hatte in einem Brief von Amazon Aufklärung darüber verlangt, welche Aufzeichnungen von Gespräche mit Alexa aufbewahrt werden und wie lange. 2 Tage vor Ablauf der Frist am 30. Juni hat Amazon geantwortet.

Der Senator hatte den Brief geschrieben nach einem Bericht von CNET, dass Amazon Transkripte von Interaktionen mit Alexa aufbewahrte, selbst nachdem die Leute die Sprachaufnahmen gelöscht hatten. Der Vizepräsident für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Brian Huseman, bestätigte, dass noch Aufzeichnungen von einigen Gesprächen mit Alexa von Amazon nicht gelöscht werden, selbst wenn die Leute ihre Aufzeichnungen löschen.

Außerdem bestätigte Amazon, dass Alexa-Anfragen, die eine Transaktion beinhalten, wie z.B.
  • die Bestellung einer Pizza oder
  • das Anmelden einer Mitfahrgelegenheit,
wie jede Aufzeichnung einer Transaktion gespeichert werden. Das bedeutet, dass es eine Aufzeichnung von fast jedem Kauf gibt, den man bei Amazon's Alexa durchführt. Andere Anfragen, einschließlich der Einstellung von Erinnerungen und Alarmen, würden ebenfalls gespeichert bleiben, bemerkte Huseman und sagte, dass dies ein Feature sei, das Kunden wollten.

Die Gruppen der Datenschützer stellten dazu besorgt fest, dass Alexa's "Remember"-Funktion die gespeicherten Informationen nicht löschte, es sei denn, die Leute riefen den Amazon-Kundendienst an, um das gesamte Profil zu löschen. "Darüber hinaus ist noch unklar, inwieweit diese Daten an Dritte weitergegeben werden und wie diese Dritten diese Informationen verwenden und kontrollieren."

Amazon bestätigte, dass die Transkripte für das Training des Sprachassistenten und ihre Interpretation durch Alexa als sie diese Sprachbefehle hörte, auf Dauer gespeichert werden. Diese Transkripte sind nicht anonymisiert, denn wie Amazon erklärte sind sie dauerhaft mit dem Konto jedes Benutzers verknüpft.

Mehr dazu bei https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-alexa-keeps-your-data-with-no-expiration-date-and-shares-it-too/
und https://www.aktion-freiheitstattangst.org/de/articles/6953-20190721-alexa-loescht-fast-nie.htm

#Alexa #Amazon #Anfrage #mithören #löschen #Vergessen #Lauschangriff #Überwachung #Vorratsdatenspeicherung #Videoüberwachung #Rasterfahndung #Datenbanken #Freizügigkeit #Unschuldsvermutung #Verhaltensänderung
 
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Alexa löscht fast nie


Probleme mit Amazon und der intelligenten Assistentin Alexa

Senator Chris Coons aus Delaware hatte in einem Brief von Amazon Aufklärung darüber verlangt, welche Aufzeichnungen von Gespräche mit Alexa aufbewahrt werden und wie lange. 2 Tage vor Ablauf der Frist am 30. Juni hat Amazon geantwortet.

Der Senator hatte den Brief geschrieben nach einem Bericht von CNET, dass Amazon Transkripte von Interaktionen mit Alexa aufbewahrte, selbst nachdem die Leute die Sprachaufnahmen gelöscht hatten. Der Vizepräsident für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Brian Huseman, bestätigte, dass noch Aufzeichnungen von einigen Gesprächen mit Alexa von Amazon nicht gelöscht werden, selbst wenn die Leute ihre Aufzeichnungen löschen.

Außerdem bestätigte Amazon, dass Alexa-Anfragen, die eine Transaktion beinhalten, wie z.B.
  • die Bestellung einer Pizza oder
  • das Anmelden einer Mitfahrgelegenheit,
wie jede Aufzeichnung einer Transaktion gespeichert werden. Das bedeutet, dass es eine Aufzeichnung von fast jedem Kauf gibt, den man bei Amazon's Alexa durchführt. Andere Anfragen, einschließlich der Einstellung von Erinnerungen und Alarmen, würden ebenfalls gespeichert bleiben, bemerkte Huseman und sagte, dass dies ein Feature sei, das Kunden wollten.

Die Gruppen der Datenschützer stellten dazu besorgt fest, dass Alexa's "Remember"-Funktion die gespeicherten Informationen nicht löschte, es sei denn, die Leute riefen den Amazon-Kundendienst an, um das gesamte Profil zu löschen. "Darüber hinaus ist noch unklar, inwieweit diese Daten an Dritte weitergegeben werden und wie diese Dritten diese Informationen verwenden und kontrollieren."

Amazon bestätigte, dass die Transkripte für das Training des Sprachassistenten und ihre Interpretation durch Alexa als sie diese Sprachbefehle hörte, auf Dauer gespeichert werden. Diese Transkripte sind nicht anonymisiert, denn wie Amazon erklärte sind sie dauerhaft mit dem Konto jedes Benutzers verknüpft.

Mehr dazu bei https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-alexa-keeps-your-data-with-no-expiration-date-and-shares-it-too/
und https://www.aktion-freiheitstattangst.org/de/articles/6953-20190721-alexa-loescht-fast-nie.htm

#Alexa #Amazon #Anfrage #mithören #löschen #Vergessen #Lauschangriff #Überwachung #Vorratsdatenspeicherung #Videoüberwachung #Rasterfahndung #Datenbanken #Freizügigkeit #Unschuldsvermutung #Verhaltensänderung
 

Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000 Camera Gear for $100 on Prime Day


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20465348
Posted by elijahparker (karma: 1097)
Post stats: Points: 126 - Comments: 47 - 2019-07-18T00:05:38Z

\#HackerNews #100 #13000 #accidentally #amazon #camera #day #for #gear #prime #sold
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Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000+ Camera Gear for $100 on Prime Day
 

Amazon workers launch protests on Prime Day


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20443243
Posted by pmoriarty (karma: 32877)
Post stats: Points: 181 - Comments: 78 - 2019-07-15T17:41:35Z

\#HackerNews #amazon #day #launch #prime #protests #workers
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Amazon EventBridge: The biggest thing since AWS Lambda


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20425966
Posted by gilad (karma: 1176)
Post stats: Points: 139 - Comments: 29 - 2019-07-13T01:34:27Z

\#HackerNews #amazon #aws #biggest #eventbridge #lambda #since #the #thing
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 102 - Loop: 172 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 81
 

Amazon can be held liable for third-party seller products: U.S. appeals court


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20348648
Posted by Shivetya (karma: 10862)
Post stats: Points: 151 - Comments: 49 - 2019-07-03T20:51:27Z

\#HackerNews #amazon #appeals #can #court #for #held #liable #products #seller #third-party
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"Amazon’s delivery drones are not yet dropping off packages, but the company is already envisioning how else that might be used — including by offering “surveillance as a service.” Amazon was recently granted a patent that outlines how its UAVs could keep an eye on customers’ property between deliveries while supposedly maintaining their privacy."

"The patent was originally filed in June 2015 and became public earlier this month. It describes how the company’s drones could be hired to look out for open garage doors, broken windows, graffiti, or even a fire, before alerting the owner of the property."

"Drones have long been used for surveillance, particularly by the military, but companies are now beginning to explore how they might be used for home security. However, it’s rare to hear about surveillance being done by delivery drones, which are still in their infancy."

#Amazon #surveillance #privacy
 
Amazon's behaviour as a company is pretty poor. But you don't have to buy books or ebooks from Amazon.

There are many more ethical (and often cheaper!) alternatives:
https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-amazon-and-goodreads/

#Books #eBooks #Amazon #Alternatives #DeleteAmazon
Ethical alternatives to Amazon Books, Kindle, Audible and Goodreads
 

Amazon has exhibited offensive and aggressive behaviors toward open source


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20070507
Posted by ihsoj (karma: 485)
Post stats: Points: 133 - Comments: 58 - 2019-06-01T18:03:40Z

\#HackerNews #aggressive #amazon #and #behaviors #exhibited #has #offensive #open #source #toward
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Lack of leadership in open source results in source-available licenses
 

Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition ban


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19985956
Posted by petethomas (karma: 33587)
Post stats: Points: 110 - Comments: 90 - 2019-05-22T21:52:44Z

\#HackerNews #amazon #ban #facial #recognition #reject #shareholders
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Greed over ethics?

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/22/amazon-reject-facial-recognition-proposals/

"Amazon shareholders have rejected two proposals that would have requested the company not to sell its facial recognition technology to government customers."

"The breakdown of the votes is not immediately known. A filing with the vote tally is expected later this week."

"The first proposal would have requested Amazon to limit the sale of its Rekognition technology to police, law enforcement and federal agencies. A second resolution would have demanded an independent human and civil rights review into the use of the technology."

"It followed accusations that the technology has bias and inaccuracies, which critics say can be used to racially discriminate against minorities."

"The votes were non-binding, allowing the company to reject the outcome of the vote."

#Amazon #FacialRecognition #Biometrics #abuse #HumanRights #surveillance
Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition sale ban to governments
 
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