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Nazi-themed goods found on Amazon marketplace

Nazi-themed goods found on Amazon marketplace

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Amazon is helping hate groups profit by letting them sell Nazi-themed goods on its store, a report suggests.The study found many hate groups were selling goods on Amazon's store branded with Nazi imagery, including clothing, jewellery and replica military regalia.Some hate groups were also selling music and books celebrating their views via Amazon, it said.Amazon has now removed some listings and said anyone who broke its guidelines would face "swift action".Slow responseThe report by two US organisations, the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, looked at the way white supremacist groups used Amazon to fund themselves.It said Amazon's "weak and inadequately enforced" policies gave racis...
Amazon and eBay pull CloudPets smart toys from sale

Amazon and eBay pull CloudPets smart toys from sale

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Amazon and eBay are among retailers pulling a brand of cuddly smart toys from sale after warnings they pose a cyber-security threat.Concerns were raised about CloudPets products in February 2017 after it was discovered that millions of owners' voice recordings were being stored online unprotected.Manufacturer Spiral Toys claimed to have taken "swift action".But subsequent research commissioned by Mozilla found other vulnerabilities.The devices' California-based maker has not responded to requests for comment.One independent expert told the BBC it was "great to see retailers acting responsibly", but added she wished they had done so sooner."It seems that refusing to sell products that threaten customers' security and privacy is th...
Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

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Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they're involved in crimes or not. It's not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased the tool, called Rekognition, since its launch in late 2016 or since its update last fall, when Amazon added capabilities that allow it to identify people in videos and follow their movements almost instantly. The Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon has used it to quickly compare unidentified suspects in surveillance images to a database of more than 300,000 booking photos from the county jail — a common use of such te...
Q&A: Trump, the post office and Amazon

Q&A: Trump, the post office and Amazon

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A task force will study the U.S. Postal Service under an executive order from President Donald Trump, who has spent weeks criticizing online retailer Amazon and accused it of not paying enough in shipping costs. The order doesn't mention Amazon by name, but Trump has tweeted that the company should pay the post office more for shipping its packages. "Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed," he tweeted earlier this month. The U.S. Postal Service has indeed lost money for years, but package delivery has actually been a bright spot. Here's what you need to know about Trump's order, Amazon and the post office: Q: What does the executive order do? A: It creates a task force to look into the post ...