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Amazon patents doorbell camera that calls police when it recognizes a 'suspicious' person
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Amazon filed a patent application for a doorbell camera that scans the faces of passers by and compares them with a database of suspicious persons. If a match is made the camera calls the cops.

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The ACLU’s test is consistent with academic research demonstrating that face surveillance technology is less accurate for darker skinned faces and women. These systems threaten to further entangle people with law enforcement, ripping families apart and increasing the likelihood of racially biased police violence. In addition, this technology puts activists and protesters in danger when exercising their First Amendment rights.

Despite the risks to civil liberties and racial justice, Amazon has chosen to ignore questions from members of Congress and calls from consumers, civil rights groups, and its own employees and shareholders to take responsibility for the consequences of its technology on communities where it is deployed.

This patent application also suggests that Amazon has no plans to stop at identifying people based on their faces. The company anticipates targeting an arsenal of other biometrics, including fingerprints, skin-texture analysis, DNA, palm-vein analysis, hand geometry, iris recognition, odor/scent recognition, and even behavioral characteristics, like typing rhythm, gait, and voice recognition.



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How long before Amazon camera falsely identifies someone and they are killed or injured by police because they were identified as a criminal.



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How long before Amazon camera falsely identifies someone and they are killed or injured by police because they were identified as a criminal.



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I did not think of that angle.

What I did think about is that in future nobody will be able to enter or leave a building without Big Brother watching, even private homes.



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Re: Amazon
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Always watching but never helping.

The thing I have noticed even when police have the private footage of crimes (theft) some of them still don't want to do investigative work.  People have literally done the work of identifying the suspects.



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Re: Amazon
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There's no law against looking suspicious. Most ideally, since these kinds of things are bound to be available with the "advancement" of technology, the police will eventually ignore any of these calls. It's a crying wolf game. What information would this system use? What database of suspicious persons is it accessing? You're either on an federal or state most wanted list or have a warrant out for you. I never heard of a suspicious persons list. ?? Even the no fly list is mostly just names from what I know. Warrants might not even have a picture of you. I could see a lot of problems coming from this, not even the police would want to tangle themselves up into.

You better not show any emotion and wear the proper clothes and prove your low carbon footprint.



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Re: Amazon
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There's no law against looking suspicious. Most ideally, since these kinds of things are bound to be available with the "advancement" of technology, the police will eventually ignore any of these calls. It's a crying wolf game. What information would this system use? What database of suspicious persons is it accessing? You're either on an federal or state most wanted list or have a warrant out for you. I never heard of a suspicious persons list. ?? Even the no fly list is mostly just names from what I know. Warrants might not even have a picture of you. I could see a lot of problems coming from this, not even the police would want to tangle themselves up into.

You better not show any emotion and wear the proper clothes and prove your low carbon footprint.



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The list will be made of people who stand up and point out wrongs by the elite. I am sure every city and state police force has a list of protesters or people that government officials do not like.

For example,  the person who has been actively pointing out the dangerous health effects and privacy concerns of 5G technology at government meetings.     Oops, the database "accidentally" identified that person as a robbery suspect who was armed and dangerous.



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Re: Amazon Alexa's advice to 'kill your foster parents' fuels concern
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Alexa's advice to 'kill your foster parents' fuels concern over Amazon Echo
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/21/alexa-amazon-echo-kill-your-foster-parents


'An Amazon customer got a grim message last year from Alexa, the virtual assistant in the company’s smart speaker device: “Kill your foster parents.”

The user who heard the message from his Echo device wrote a harsh review on Amazon’s website, Reuters reported - calling Alexa’s utterance “a whole new level of creepy”.

An investigation found the bot had quoted from the social media site Reddit, known for harsh and sometimes abusive messages, people familiar with the investigation told Reuters. Spam_A Spam_B The odd command is one of many hiccups that have happened as Amazon tries to train its machine to act something like a human, engaging in casual conversations in response to its owner’s questions or comments.

The research is helping Alexa mimic human banter and talk about almost anything she finds on the internet. But making sure she keeps it clean and inoffensive has been a challenge.

Alexa gets its conversational skills through machine learning, the most popular form of artificial intelligence. It uses computer programs to transcribe human speech, and then guess the best response based on patterns of observation.

Amazon has given Alexa a script to respond to more popular questions – like “what is the meaning of life?” – usually written by human editors. But responding to more obscure queries can be tricky for the virtual assistant.'



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Re: Amazon - Is Amazon SPYING on sellers?
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Is Amazon SPYING on sellers? Online giant is taking five-second long videos and using facial recognition to verify the identity of vendors on the site
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6678141/Amazon-recording-using-facial-recognition-track-sellers.html





'Amazon is recording people's faces and saving the footage to identify them at a later date, in a move likely to concern privacy conscious users.

The site wants to use five-second snippets of video to record a person's face if they wish to become a seller on the online marketplace.

It may be able to use its facial recognition technology, called Rekognition, to identify users.

It is believed to be in a bid to crack down on fake sellers and counterfeit goods being peddled on the site. The method was first spotted by a Vietnamese seller who revealed the programme requires users to open their webcam and record themselves before they become verified.

It is believed this will be used in future and compared to any subsequent login attempts.

An Amazon spokesperson revealed to MailOnline that new ways of confirming the true identity of sellers is a priority for the firm.

They said: 'We always experiment with new ways to verify the information sellers provide us in order to protect our store from bad actors.

'Seller identification information is securely stored and used only for identify verification.'

The seller said they were asked to record a five second long video of their face, according to BuzzFeed news.

A prompt read: 'The video will be encrypted and stored for identification purpose. To proceed, enable access to your webcam.'



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Re: Amazon - Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells
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Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells
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'SEATTLE — Amazon is lobbying the public with proposed guidelines for lawmakers to adopt when crafting legislation around the use of facial-recognition technology. Amazon’s own software, Rekognition, has been put to the test by rights groups such as the ACLU, who have come to troubling conclusions about racial bias and threats to civil liberties.

The online retail giant’s CEO and wealthiest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, enjoys deep ties to the CIA via a $600 million cloud-computing contract with Amazon Web Services (AWS) he struck in 2014, prior to taking over the Washington Post. AWS is also a top contender for a Defense Department cloud-computing contract to the tune of $10 billion, the winner of which is expected to be announced in March. In the meantime, the Pentagon is currently investigating whether Amazon created a conflict of interest in the process by rehiring Deap Ubhi, an AWS employee who went on to work for the Defense Department where he “helped guide the U.S. military’s cloud computing efforts,” according to the Post. Today, Ubhi is General Manager at AWS.

Bezos’ ties to the national security state through AWS are immense, but the triple digit billionaire’s furnishing of surveillance tools to the police state are no less disturbing.

On Thursday, the company released proposed guidelines for Congress to consider when regulating facial-recognition technology. As Mashable’s Rachel Kraus notes, “it is a pre-emptive strike, that allows the company to say ‘we are in favor of regulation,’ while also making sure that the regulation is not too cumbersome.”'



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Re: Amazon - pays $0 in income taxes for 2018, gets multi-million refund
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Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon pays $0 in income taxes for 2018, gets multi-million refund
http://www.rt.com/business/451417-amazon-pays-negative-tax-loopholes/





'Trillion-dollar-company Amazon skated through 2018's tax filings without paying a cent for the second year in a row. The e-commerce behemoth, which made $11 billion last year, will pay no taxes at all, thanks to 2017's tax reform.

Rather than pay the standard 21 percent corporate income tax rate, Amazon is actually claiming a tax rebate of $129 million, which works out to a logic-defying rate of -1 percent. Aside from the nebulous “tax credits,” which the company does not have to spell out in its public filings, Amazon is also claiming a tax break for executive stock options, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy – a longstanding loophole that permits profitable corporations to dodge federal and state income taxes on almost half their profits. While President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax reform legislation lowered corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, it was sold as an incentive for companies to keep their money in the US, instead of stashing it overseas where the IRS couldn’t touch it. Now that Amazon and Netflix have both made headlines for using the new regulations to avoid paying anything at all, it remains to be seen whether the legislation’s failure to close corporate loopholes will leave the US holding the bag for fiscal year 2018 as the country’s national debt inches past $22 trillion – a record high.

Amazon’s tax windfall doesn’t even take into account the billions in tax breaks the state governments of Virginia and New York offered the company to open a second (and third) headquarters in their states, though there are rumors that New York is getting cold feet about the unprecedented corporate giveaway. Amazon didn’t pay any taxes in 2017 either, though it raked in a comparatively paltry $5.6 billion in profits and extracted a slightly larger $137 million refund.'



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Amazon cancels New York HQ plans after massive backlash
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Amaz-off: Online retail giant Amazon cancels New York HQ plans after massive backlash
http://www.rt.com/usa/451491-amazon-cancels-new-york-headquarters/





Megacorporation Amazon has shelved plans to build its second headquarters in New York City. The project had been met with generous tax breaks from the city authorities, and intense backlash from local residents.

"After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement on Thursday.



The company, which already pays a grand total of zero dollars in federal income taxes, would have been able to avail of $1.5 billion in tax breaks, as well as additional grants of $3,000 per employee for locating in the city’s outer boroughs.

Not everyone was as thrilled as ‘Amazon Cuomo’ and co. Residents and activists worried that the company would gentrify the working-class neighborhood, while the influx of 25,000 well-paid workers would drive up rents in the area. The proposed site is a former industrial zone adjacent to the country’s largest public housing project and was reportedly earmarked for additional housing units before Amazon was given the land.

“While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us,” the company’s statement continued.

Chief among these politicians were Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist. Ocasio-Cortez said that she had been contacted by residents who thought Cuomo and DeBlasio’s priorities were out of line.'



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Amazon warehouse workers attempt to commit suicide on the job
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Amazon warehouse workers attempt to commit suicide on the job due to atrocious “slave-like” work conditions
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'You might have a few complaints about your job, but has it ever made you want to end your life? Not long ago, horror stories emerged of workers at Amazon warehouses being seriously overworked and having to urinate in bottles to meet their quotas. While Amazon tried to brush these off as isolated incidents, it’s becoming more difficult for them to deny that there is a serious problem with their working environment – and it’s driving people to take their own lives.

A recent investigation revealed that emergency services were called on at least 189 occasions for attempts at suicide, suicidal thoughts, and other types of mental health episodes at Amazon warehouses during a five-year period. The incidents occurred at 46 different Amazon warehouses across 17 states. The accounts are troubling, with 911 calls detailing people trying to cut and kill themselves.

Workers have told the press that breakdowns are a common occurrence at warehouses. Investigative journalist James Bloodworth, who worked undercover at a U.K. Amazon warehouse, told Business Insider that the atmosphere was how he imagined prison must feel. Dozens of workers interviewed by the publication reported having to work long shifts that caused physical pain.'



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Amazon exposed as an extension of the CIA deep state
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Amazon exposed as an extension of the CIA deep state
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'Contrary to what it might appear to be, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon empire didn’t just spring out of grassroots nowhere as a result of one man’s forward-thinking ingenuity with regards to evolving technological innovation. As it turns out, this corporate behemoth is actually a fascist psy-op birthed by the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) to seize total control over all trade and commerce throughout the world.

As revealed by State of the Nation, Amazon’s very existence was schemed up in secret by “deep state” spooks at the C.I.A. for the purpose not only of establishing a digital retail monopoly, but also as a mechanism to exert absolute power and influence over corporate America.

Much like the South American river after which it was named, the Amazon corporation was established from the get-go by the C.I.A. as “an octopus innervating and interpenetrating every segment of the corporate sector” – just like Walmart before it, the purpose of which was to destroy and take over the entire American retail industry.

“Where Walmart effectively functioned as an F5 tornado for small rural communities everywhere, Amazon is rapidly morphing into a Cat 5 mega-hurricane – NATIONWIDE,” warns State of the Nation.

“Just like the gargantuan Amazon River [that] snakes through the northern half of South America as it(s) numerous tributaries profoundly affect everything in their path, the enormous Amazon.com platform exerts influence far beyond Internet commerce … [t]he bottom line [being] that Amazon can act like the 800-pound gorilla, who sits anywhere it wants to, because it was made that way.”'



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EU launches antitrust probe into Amazon
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EU launches antitrust probe into Amazon’s use of merchant data
http://www.rt.com/business/464376-amazon-business-eu-probe/





The world’s largest online retailer Amazon is facing a “full-blown” investigation from the European Union’s antitrust regulators to see if its use of other merchants’ data breaches competition rules.

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday announced the opening of a formal investigation into the company. It aims to determine how Amazon is hosting independent merchants on its site and at the same time competing with those same retailers by using their data for its own sales. The investigation will center on Amazon’s “dual role” as both a retailer and a marketplace, Vestager said. “Based on the Commission’s preliminary fact-finding, Amazon appears to use competitively sensitive information – about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace,” said the commissioner.
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">We are opening an investigation into a possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon.
We will assess if Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of @EU_Competition rules.
Learn more → https://t.co/7vFCj9JoCg pic.twitter.com/PdMzxUvX94</p>
— European Commission (@EU_Commission) July 17, 2019[/size][/quote]

Following her announcement of the probe launch, Amazon said: “We will cooperate fully with the European Commission and continue working hard to support businesses of all sizes and help them grow.”

The European Commission started studying Amazon’s practices of using merchant data in 2018, the same year it fined Google $5 billion for anti-competitive practices. In 2016, Apple was forced to pay $16 billion in back taxes to Ireland.

Last week, the French parliament passed a law taxing tech giants like Google and Facebook, which have been accused of exploiting global tax loopholes.'



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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

https://news.yahoo.com/flaw-amazons-ring-doorbell-could-171026117.html

A security flaw in Amazon's £200 Ring Pro doorbell could allow hackers to control smart devices within a home, security researchers have warned.

The bug allowed attackers to access a home's Wi-Fi network, potentially infiltrating smart home devices as well as private photos or videos on the network.

Ring doorbells are connected over a smartphone app and to the home's Wi-Fi, allowing users to see who is at the door and answer it remotely. They also act as security cameras, telling users if someone has come doorknocking.

Researchers at cyber security firm Bitdefender found attackers could access a home's Wi-Fi network as password details of the home's local network were sent from the Ring mobile phone app without encryption, meaning hackers could intercept them. Ring said it had issued an update to fix the problem.

When users set up their Ring doorbell, a signal is sent from the Ring app to the digital doorbell to connect it to the home's Wi-Fi, including the local network password.

However, this password was sent unencrypted in a readable form. An attacker in range of the user's home could hijack the message and use the password to access the home's Wi-Fi network.

The vulnerability was only present during the set up stage of the ring doorbell, meaning there was only a small window of opportunity.

Bitdefender's researchers said it was also possible to force users into reconnecting to their Ring doorbell, thereby revealing the password. They could do this by repeatedly sending signals to the Ring doorbell's own Wi-Fi network, which was also not secure, forcing it to disconnect and leading the user back to the set-up process.

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