Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ Tech Is a Privacy Nightmare

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Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ Tech Is a Privacy Nightmare
Short Title Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ Tech Is a Privacy Nightmare
Location Nwe York
Date 2023

Solove Harm Appropriation, Identification, Exclusion, Interrogation, Secondary Use
Information Behavioral, Some personal info, Transactional, Physical Characteristics, Preference, Location, Identifying, History, Credit, Account
Threat Actors Amazon, Starbucks

Individuals
Affected Amazon and Starbucks Customers
High Risk Groups
Tangible Harms Change of Behavior, Some consequences, Change of feelings or perception, Loss of Trust

Amazon and Starbucks are teaming up for contactless purchase in their stores in exchange for customer data and personal information.

Description

Amazon and Starbucks are teaming up with Starbucks Pick Up and Amazon Go stores in New York City. The idea is to walk in, grab your item and walk out. No payment necessary. In exchange they are taking a biometric picture of your skeleton; a scan of your palm, credit card, or an Amazon code in order to identify you with your account so it knows whom to charge. STOP, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, filed suit against Amazon and Starbucks alleging Amazon failed to give prominent notice to consumers at least until March of 2023, and are sharing data with Starbucks to enrich themselves, both illegal under the New York City Biometric Identifier Information Law.

Laws and Regulations

New York City Biometric Identifier Information Law

Sources

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