Prisoners on federal, state and local governments want to obtain more and more information about Amazon customers in the USA. In the first six months of 2020, the number of striking legal orders and search commands addressed to the Group rose by 23 percent towards the same period in 2019, other judicial decrees even by 29 percent. It was about data, the Amazon about the own offers for online shopping, the smart echo speakers with the language assistant Alexa and the Tablets Kindle and Fire has collected.
In detail, the e-commerce giant received 2416 legal orders in the first half of the year, which he came to 70 percent completely or partly. Investigators also knocked on the company with 543 judicially approved search commands, the Amazon followed in 79 percent of the trap. In addition, 146 other court orders were found in which the delivery rates on the company side was 74 percent.
A total of 344 legal requests for information went to the Cloud Save AWS, during the first half of 2019 only 270. For both areas, Amazon also shows in the current report published on Friday "0 to 249" obtained "National Security Letter" the end. These are usually very extensive data queries by the FBI based on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Affected thurfing from right because of here only information within a wide range. At this point there are no changes to the comparative period one year earlier.
No numbers to the smart Turklingel "ring"
In the second half of 2019, the number of inquiries overall was even lower than in the six months before. As the increase in the first half of 2020 explains, the Group does not explain. By contrast, the requests from abroad have fallen significantly: during it between January and June 2019 there were 279 for all sectors, only 195 left in the first six months this year. Data jerked Amazon here only in 22 falling all or partial out. In the first half of 2019, the Legal Department had even met two international requests, but at least complete.
For the business with the camera droppings and wireless Turkling ring of the brand Ring, the company still does not pay out any numbers for police requests for user data. Amazon is here in criticism due to poor security practices and direct cooperation with law enforcement behavior.
Obsolete data protection laws
Generally, the Group emphasizes: "We have repeatedly challenged state demands for customer information, which we kept overdrawn for." In court, it was also repeatedly decided who contributed to the legal standards for the protection of freedom of expression and the privacy.
"In the Congress, we also use to modernize outdated data protection laws to oblige the law enforcement behaviors to obtain a search committee of a court", Nevere it. Usually you only give on this base communication content price. Amazon underlines: "For AWS customers, we offer a strong closure than one of many standard security functions." Furthermore, there is the possibility to manage the own key to its own key.