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Amazon Monitoring Workers With Thermal Cameras Purchased From Sanctioned Chinese Company, Report Says

Corporate authoritarianism.

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New reporting from Reuters indicates that commerce megacorporation Amazon is monitoring the body temperatures of its warehouse workers using thermal cameras manufactured by a Chinese company known for cooperating with the Chinese government’s persecution of the country’s Uyghur minority.

Amazon secured 1,500 thermal cameras from Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co Ltd. earlier this month. The devices are intended to identify workers with a fever in the massive corporation’s warehouses, under the guise of preventing coronavirus from spreading in the company’s workplaces. However, the policy has been criticized as an invasive example of corporate privacy violation.

Dahua is formally sanctioned by the United States government for its complicity with authoritarian Chinese government policies towards the Uyghur minority. A listing from the Department of Commerce describes the company as “implicated” in “China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups.” Governmental entities are banned from purchasing equipment from Dahua, but private companies are free to purchase the global surveillance camera company’s products.

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The use of Dahua’s cameras in Amazon warehouses also has national security implications. Nominally private Chinese companies are legally obligated to cooperate with the communist authoritarian nation’s intelligence services, meaning the cameras could provide confidential information to the Chinese government.

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Amazon dismissed privacy concerns in a statement on the matter provided to Reuters. “None of this equipment has network connectivity, and no personal identifiable information will be visible, collected, or stored.

As small businesses have struggled in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos have prospered. The ultrabillionaire has increased his net worth by a whopping $24 billion, easily regaining the distinction of being the world’s richest man.

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UK’s Prince Andrew Too “Nervous” to Travel Aboard After Ghislane Maxwell’s Arrest

Prince Andrew visited Epstein’s private island.

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The UK’s Prince Andrew is reportedly nervous” to engage in any international travel in the wake of Ghislane Maxwell’s arrest last week. The UK royal is said to have canceled a golf outing to Spain in the midst of the news, according to reporting from the Sun.

An anonymous source described as a “palace insider” close to the Prince described Andrew as such in remarks to the Sun, stating that it is unlikely the scrutinized royal will leave the UK for some time and that he will probably never visit the United States ever again.

Andrew is a former Jeffrey Epstein associate who is publicly known to have visited the pedophile billionaire’s private island in the Virgin Island. Virginia Roberts, a woman who was trafficked as an underage girl by Epstein and Ghislane Maxwell, alleges that she was ordered to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.

The royal, who was pushed out of representing Britain’s monarchy publicly after an embarassing interview in which he sought to explain his continuing relationship with Epstein even after the financier was convicted of procuring a child for prostitution in 2008. Andrew has refused to cooperate with American federal prosecutors investigating Epstein’s sex trafficking network, meriting a public statement from Southern District of New York prosecutors clarifying that the prince had steadfastly refused to be interviewed by them.

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Maxwell was arrested as a result of an investigation into her role into Jeffrey Epstein’s trafficking network last week. The Daily Mail has cited a supposed associate of Maxwell who claims the longtime Epstein madame has video evidence of the sexual abuse of minors conducted by Epstein and his network of politically elite friends.

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