EU Lawmakers Ask Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in Open Letter Whether Retailer Spies on Politicians

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The development comes as the leaders of European trade unions asked the European Commission to investigate whether Amazon’s activities targeting its employees are legal. The company has drawn harsh criticism over its treatment of workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

European legislators have written an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding answers to the company’s job offerings, which suggest that the e-commerce giant is spying on its employees. According to the now deleted job offerings, Amazon was looking for intelligence analysts to monitor various kinds of “threats” to Amazon. The list included – geopolitical crises, protests – but the company mostly focused on “labour organising”, which appeared next to such categories as “terrorism” and “hate groups”.

According to the job postings, candidates would also have to monitor “hostile political leaders”. Among the preferred qualifications were French and Spanish languages skills suggesting that European employees could be Amazon’s target.

In a letter to Jeff Bezos EU legislators said the company’s job offerings caused great concern among them.

They legislators also said they were worried about the company monitoring “hostile political leaders” questioning whether Amazon had spied on members of the European Parliament.

The development comes as Vice reported last month that Amazon has a programme that allows it to spy on its employees’…

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