Amazon Proves Big Brother Was An Underachiever

But we’re ahead of schedule!

This is infuriating:

Amazon Delivery Drivers Forced to Sign ‘Biometric Consent’ Form or Lose Job

Amazon delivery drivers nationwide have to sign a “biometric consent” form this week that grants the tech behemoth permission to use AI-powered cameras to access drivers’ location, movement, and biometric data.

If the company’s delivery drivers, who number around 75,000 in the United States, refuse to sign these forms, they lose their jobs. The form requires drivers to agree to facial recognition and other biometric data collection within the trucks they drive.

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Technically, these drivers aren’t even employed by Amazon, but by roughly 800 companies, known as delivery service partners that operate out of Amazon delivery stations. Still, Amazon controls many aspects of its drivers working conditions, from their training to their uniforms to their delivery quotas.

Amazon is pioneering Big Brother surveillance on their workers, listen to what this spying on the drivers entails:

“Amazon may… use certain Technology that processes Biometric Information, including on-board safety camera technology which collects your photograph for the purposes of confirming your identity and connecting you to your driver account,” the form reads. “Using your photograph, this Technology, may create Biometric Information, and collect, store, and use Biometric Information from such photographs.”

It adds that “this Technology tracks vehicle location and movement, including miles driven, speed, acceleration, braking, turns, and following distance …as a condition of delivery packages for Amazon, you consent to the use of Technology.”

In February, Amazon announced plans to install the AI-powered four-lens cameras, made by the tech company Netradyne, in all of its Amazon-branded delivery vans. The company says cameras are being used to improve “safety” and the “quality of the delivery experience.”  But as Thomson Reuters reported earlier this month, some drivers are quitting their jobs because of privacy concerns. The Netradyne cameras are able to sense when a driver yawns, appears distracted, or isn’t wearing a seatbelt, according to a product description, and monitor drivers’ body and facial movements.

Think of all the things you do as you drive and know that someone is not just watching you, but then evaluating you. Do you sing to music as you drive? Curse at the crappy drivers who cut you off, grimace as you go over speed bump?

Here’s the deal about invading privacy —with the workers’ forced consent— if Amazon can get away with it with the employees of ANOTHER company, your boss can get away with surveilling you, too.  

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9 Responses to Amazon Proves Big Brother Was An Underachiever

  1. MDavis says:

    Not technically working for Amazon, not directly.
    Is there any way of alerting the middle-management-suck-up companies that some of us do not approve of this, er, stuff? I’ve been wanting names for another issue, but I see no reason that push cannot be rolled out into other deserving areas.

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  2. T_Reg says:

    “and following distance”; As much as I hate the all-intrusive spying, I would welcome the elimination of tailgaters from the work force.

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  3. laura says:

    I fervently hope that there is massive pushback on this gross overreach. Hey, I know, propose this for gun owners first.

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  4. Redhand says:

    Amazon really does need its wings clipped. I do understand, however, that the big trucking companies have similarly intrusive means of monitoring driver activity, though I don’t know the extent of it.

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  5. Sirius Lunacy says:

    I am fine with this as long as all the Amazon execs and board members agree to be under the same biometric surveillance that would be available to the employees.

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  6. roket says:

    A Union would solve that problem. I’m old enough to remember strong unions like the Teamsters but especially Mineworkers.

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  7. quakerinabasement says:

    I’m pondering the new possibilities for job actions. At a given hour and minute, all drivers sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” for five minutes without stopping. All drivers post a photo of themselves in camera view while they stand down for 15 minutes. Daily driver dance battle!

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  8. julesmomcat says:

    I decided 3 years ago, to purchase NOTHING from Amazon, after they kept pushing me to join Prime; IMHO, I don’t need to pay for a membership in anything, to buy something.

    JulesMomCat, aka MotherTrucker

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