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    Dear 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. Its Rekognition technology identifies our faces and tracks our movement in the public sphere. Its 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 its nationwide surveillance network pose to our security and your constituents’ privacy and civil liberties.

    Thank you.

    Amazon's business model is all about using monopolistic practices to sweep up and exploit data from our private and public lives. Amazon products record our conversations, capture us on live camera feed, identify our faces, and track our movements. Amazon partners with local police departments to build a nationwide surveillance network. And they contract with election officials to provide services that allow them to access and store our voter registration and voting history, including the candidates we voted for. Amazon is a threat to our homes, our rights, and our democracy. We need to stop them in their tracks.

    And Amazon contracts with election officials to provide services that allow the company to access and store our voter registration and voting history, including the candidates we voted for. Amazon is a threat to our homes, our rights, and our democracy. We need to stop them in their tracks.

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