The collusion between corporate America and federal government has been a tale as old as time.
However, with the rise of influence in the tech world, the leading companies are all vying for the greatest involvement with government operatives in the hopes they can become a key asset and not fall victim to anti-trust investigations.
The sick and twisted partnership between Big Tech and government has had a direct effect on the privacy and freedom of American citizens, many of which are silenced and censored for expressing differing political beliefs.
Reports emerging this week of an insidious deal between Amazon and the United Kingdom is a mere precursor to what’s on the horizon for this side of the pond.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) reportedly entered into a deal to provide cloud computing services to the three intelligence agencies in the United Kingdom.
AWS will provide cloud services to GHCQ, MI6 and MI5, the U.K.’s top spy agencies, an unprecedented entanglement of business and government. The deal, signed this year, reportedly seeks to securely host top-secret information and enable easier transfer of data between intelligence agents.
The agreement will also enable spies to better utilize artificial intelligence technologies in speech recognition software and database search speed, the FT reported.
The deal is estimated to be worth between £500m and £1bn over the next decade, according to Amazon insiders. The details of the agreement were not and are not intended to be made public.
The agreement is expected to allow British spies “to get information from huge amounts of data in minutes, rather than in weeks and months,” a cybersecurity expert revealed.
Gus Hosein, executive director of Privacy International, expressed concern that the deal’s lack of transparency is a sign could spell trouble for individual rights.
“If this contract goes through, Amazon will be positioned as the go-to cloud provider for the world’s intelligence agencies,” Hosein said.
AWS has previously contracted with U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, for cloud hosting and computing services. The company recently pushed for a second chance at a $10 billion cloud-computing contract with the Department of Defense.
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Author: Elizabeth Tierney