Lack of Protected Data on Amazon and Whatsapp – A Privacy Report Warning
As the retail and e-commerce giant Amazon was taking over the digital world via social media posts related to Prime Day Tuesday, a privacy report cautioned people that it wasn’t taking sufficient measures to protect the data of millions and billions of Amazon users.
Amazon Prime Day, that was on the July 10 & 11, 2017, had attractive deals and offers on several products exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The internet seller provides the facility of a credit card for people who wish to attain Amazon Prime membership.
As per the ‘Who Has Your Back?’ report disclosed by EFF-Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amazon got merely two stars this year.
In the news release, the EFF members stated that “Popular internet retail brand Amazon has been constantly rated number one as far as its customer service is concerned, yet it fails to make public commitments to back its users in terms of data security and digital privacy like other retail companies do.”
The report highlighted five primary issues: whether the company is effectively following the best practices or not, if it informs its users about government or legal data requests, if it promises and confirms not to sell out its users, if it fulfills the National Security Letter Gag Orders, and whether or not it claims to contribute for the reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by U.S Section 702 (which according to EFF claims to permit some specific privacy violations)
Furthermore, in the said report, EFF has asked Amazon to make a promise about informing its users or customers before it discloses any data to the government and to make sure that any third party does not have any kind of accessibility to its data.
Popular messaging application WhatsApp lined with Amazon scoring merely two stars. However EFF praised its efforts and abilities to protect the data and messaging content after it installed end-to-end encryption in the application.
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