I personally have been a fan of Amazon for a long time. However, that they are now a CIA contractor gives me some pause. At the very least CEO Jeff Bezos should assure its customers publicly in a legally binding way that it won’t share customer information with the Central Intelligence Agency. (As activists are demanding.) That seems pretty reasonable to me.
The billboard’s launch — asking “the $600 million question: What’s the CIA Doing on Amazon’s Cloud?” — marks the escalation of a campaign by the online activist organizations RootsAction.org and ExposeFacts.org. The groups are calling for accountability from Amazon in an effort to inform the public of serious privacy implications of the Amazon-CIA collaboration. (ExposeFacts.org is a project of theInstitute for Public Accuracy.)
The positioning of the 48-foot-wide billboard on Amazon’s doorstep at Fairview Avenue and Valley Street in Seattle follows a RootsAction petition calling for Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to make a legally binding commitment to Amazon’s commercial customers that it will not provide customer data to the CIA.