Oct 7, 2020

Amazon: Jeff Bezos pressed over union 'spying' by MEPs

European parliamentarians have written to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos asking whether the firm is spying on union activists and politicians. The letter was sparked by two job posts looking to recruit intelligence analysts whose duties would include reporting on union activity. Trade unions have called for a European investigation into the firm. "We are concerned about whether European trade unions, as well as local, national or European elected representatives, are affected by this approach to 'threat monitoring' which aims to repress collective action and trade union organising," it reads. The letter comes a day after a leaked memo, seen by website Recode and not disputed by Amazon, suggests the firm is planning to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in software that would analyse "Threats" - including union activity.

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