Amazon Sets Off Alarm Bells With ‘Dangerous’ $3.9 Billion Bid to Buy Healthcare Chain

The tech giant’s latest proposed acquisition in the healthcare industry gives Amazon too much power in the healthcare sector and raises a host of concerns around privacy and the future of Medicare, critics say. In a move described by some political figures and privacy advocates as “dangerous,” Amazon said it agreed to a $3.9 billion all-cash deal to buy […]

Amazon gave Ring video doorbell footage to police without a warrant or users’ consent

Amazon has admitted that it gave footage from its Ring cameras to police without being provided with a warrant or asking the user’s content. United States Senator Ed Markey wrote to Amazon in June asking about its relationship with the police department. The letter was prompted by a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports that […]

Right-On, Ultra-Woke Amazon Suppresses Information About LGBTQ+ Products in the UAE During Pride Month

Amazon has restricted items and search results related to LGBT issues on its website in the United Arab Emirates, despite the woke e-commerce giant celebrating Pride Month elsewhere. Breitbart News has more. The New York Times reports that earlier this week, Amazon moved to restrict items and search results related to LGBT people on its website in the United Arab […]

Ickonic is coming to Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon’s Dystopian System for Tracking Workers Every Minute of Their Shifts

Infamously, Amazon punishes and sometimes fires warehouse workers who it believes are wasting time at work. A new filing obtained by Motherboard gives detailed insight into how Amazon tracks and records every minute of “time off task” (which it calls TOT) with radio-frequency handheld scanners that warehouse associates use to track customer packages. The documents, filed with […]

Lawsuits Increase Against Companies that Collect “Voiceprints” (Amazon, American Airlines, Google, McDonald’s)

‘Voiceprints’ Roil Companies as Biometrics Litigation Skyrockets New wave of lawsuits targets voice-powered technologies Illinois companies grapple with how to obtain written consent McDonald’s wanted to create a more individualized experience in its drive-thrus. So it set up artificial-intelligence-based voice assistant Apprente to take orders, extract the duration and pitch of an individual’s speech, and […]

Report: Amazon and 3rd Parties Collect Voice Data from Smart Speakers and “share it with as many as 41 advertising partners”

A report released last week contends that Amazon uses voice data from its Echo devices to serve targeted ads on its own platforms and the web. The report, produced by researchers affiliated with the University of Washington, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and Northeastern University, said the ways Amazon does this is inconsistent with its privacy […]

Amazon palm scanning payments arrive in Austin, Texas

Privacy questions are being raised. In Austin, Texas, Whole Foods shoppers can now pay using their palm. The pay-by-palm service is enabled by the Amazon One devices, which link a user’s palm signature to their debit or credit card. “Amazon One is all about making everyday activities, like paying at a store, easier and more convenient for […]

Amazon To Hit Sellers With 5% Fuel and Inflation Fee

Amazon is the latest company to implement a plan to combat soaring fuel costs: charge sellers on its giant e-commerce platform an inflation tax. To compensate for rising fuel costs, Amazon will charge sellers a 5% fuel and inflation fee that will go into effect on April 28, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the […]

Leaked: new Amazon worker chat app would ban words like ‘union,’ ‘restrooms,’ ‘pay raise,’ ‘plantation’, ‘grievance,’ ‘slave labor,’ ‘this is dumb,’ ‘living wage,’ ‘diversity,’ ‘vaccine,’ and others

AMAZON WILL BLOCK and flag employee posts on a planned internal messaging app that contain keywords pertaining to labor unions, according to internal company documents reviewed by The Intercept. An automatic word monitor would also block a variety of terms that could represent potential critiques of Amazon’s working conditions, like “slave labor,” “prison,” and “plantation,” as well as “restrooms” — presumably related to […]

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