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After Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos went on the offensive against the National Enquirer and its parent company, AMI, as they say, threatened to release intimate photos of himself and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, many in the media called the billionaire for his attitude and his defense of privacy.
Some critics of Amazon, but found the situation ironic.
“I completely agree with what the National Enquirer has Jeff Bezos, I’ll do that,” Tucker Carlson said about the alleged extortion and blackmail attempt. “But then the question arises: What is Amazon doing to the rest of us?”
“I wish we a society that is left of the prosecutor, adult sex for the people they… That is all the reasons why we should value privacy,” journalist Glenn Greenwald said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” before adding that “one of the companies that constitutes the biggest threat [to privacy] is Amazon.”
Greenwald, co-founder and editor of The Intercept, said Amazon online marketplace is only a small part of the large company — and, in fact, its primary business has greatly contributed to making America a “surveillance state.”
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“We think of Amazon through their branding, which is what we buy books or download our Kindle. In fact, their main activity is working with the security of the government to build large apparatus of the surveillance state that infringes on our privacy a lot more serious than what the National Enquirer has Jeff Bezos, and that’s the part of this story that’s so ironic,” Greenwald told Carlson.
Greenwald wrote last week in The Intercept: “In December 2017, Amazon boasted that he had perfected a new face-recognition software for the masses, in which the Rekognition. It explained that the product is intended, for a large part, for use by governments and police forces all over the world.”
“Why have I never read that story?” Carlson asked Greenwald.
“It is because Silicon Valley is more powerful than that of Washington, than Wall Street,” Greenwald responded. “It is because Silicon Valley now controls large parts of the media.”
Michael Punke, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public policy, defended Rekognition in a blog post last week.
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“In the two plus years we have been offering Amazon Rekognition, we have not received a single report of abuse by law enforcement. Even with this strong track record to date, and we understand why people want there to be oversight and guidelines put in place to ensure facial recognition technology cannot be used to discriminate,” Punke wrote.
He also said that the company supported calls for the legislation, but added: “the New technology should not be prohibited or condemned because of the potential for abuse.”