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CAIR Action Alert: Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s Surveillance Practices

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/19) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Fight for the Future and dozens of other civil rights groups need your help in urging members of Congress to investigate Amazon over its privacy practices. 

Amazon is already under pressure from antitrust investigations, and it’s facing growing scrutiny on the privacy front amid revelations of Ring’s work with police agencies as well as concerns about the company’s Rekognition facial recognition software. The participating groups complain that “surveillance is at the heart of Amazon’s monopolistic business model.”

TAKE ACTION: Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s surveillance Practices

https://www.investigateamazon.com/?referrer=group-council-on-american-islamic-relations-cair

Message Being Sent to Members of Congress:

“It’s time to investigate Amazon.

Surveillance is at the heart of Amazon’s monopolistic business model.

Amazon’s Alexa records our conversations. Their Rekognition technology identifies our faces and tracks our movement in the public sphere. Their Ring doorbell company partners with local police to provide backdoor, warrantless access to mass surveillance footage collected from millions of American homes and neighborhoods.

Amazon’s ever-expanding surveillance empire threatens our privacy and civil liberties, especially in brown and black communities already vulnerable to racial profiling and heightened surveillance. 

These threats are coupled with security concerns. Ring cameras don’t use end to end encryption and have already leaked customers’ Wi-Fi passwords to open networks leaving users vulnerable to cyber-attacks, hackers, and foreign governments. 

Amazon needs to be held accountable. I’m calling on you to investigate Amazon. 

Please work with your colleagues to bring Amazon executives, including Amazon Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff, before Congress to answer questions about Amazon’s business practices and the threats their nationwide surveillance network pose to our security and your constituents’ privacy and civil liberties. 

Thank you.”

What they’re saying:

  • Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future: “During this holiday season, people are going to buy Amazon’s product unaware of the surveillance features and the threats they pose to their personal data and civil liberties. Meanwhile, Amazon gains access to video footage and sensitive audio recordings from millions more Americans and their families.”
  • Jelani Drew, campaign manager at CREDO Action: “Amazon has too much access to our everyday lives and is relentlessly trying to gain more through surveillance technology. Amazon’s Ring in particular is a perfect yet horrifying example of how Amazon, in partnership with law enforcement, is effectively making each and every one of our homes an extension of the police.”
  • Gadeir Abbas, national senior litigation attorney at CAIR: “Amazon devices are in our homes listening to our most intimate conversations and affixed to front doors where they create an in-real-time record of all that happens in our neighborhoods.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.  

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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