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Tech Spooks: Why is Amazon Hiring FBI Agents to its Staff?

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The Grind:
We all know that Amazon has grown into an e-tailer behemoth after starting out as just a humble online bookseller about 20 years ago, and now the company is obviously some sort of major player within the intelligence community as well.

One of the largest corporations on the planet, the Jeff Bezos-founded behemoth has branched out into providing web services for most of the civilized world as well as other high-tech solutions and products to the U.S. military and law enforcement, including facial recognition programs. Now, according to The Intercept, the company is “building out its security operation with over a dozen former FBI agents.”

The question is: Why?

The Details:
The company is “rapidly hiring” for positions at its Arizona-based global security center. Apparently, Amazon, as it expands, is facing a host of new challenges to its infrastructure but also from governments who are increasingly concerned about potential antitrust violations.

But, The Intercept notes, as “counterfeiting issues” along with “pressure from worker activism” both increase as well, Amazon is adding “former FBI agents” who will “focus on security and intelligence-gathering ability.”

That’s a problem, frankly, for what is left of our privacy in this digital age, where consumer info is bought and sold openly and freely by tech companies that harvest every detail about us from our increasingly online presence. Read more…

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