Yes, Big Brother is watching you… and me… and everyone else.
One example came recently from Amazon. The total number of government requests for data on Amazon customers has doubled over the past year. The retail and cloud giant quietly announced the latest figures for the first six months of 2016 ending June in a report, published yesterday, which showed a total of 1,803 different requests from the US government. The report is available at https://goo.gl/Y3K6KF.
On the same period a year earlier, the company received a total of 851 different requests. The number of search warrants the company received went up by more than eight times on the same period a year earlier.
The report also said that it received a separate 120 requests from overseas governments, of which it fully complied with 15 requests. The company didn’t say from which countries the requests were made, however.
Details may be found in an article by Zack Whittaker in ZDNet at http://goo.gl/3jUfYT.
Keep in mind these demands for information probably are not limited to Amazon’s retail operations and customers. Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, offers a suite of cloud computing services that make up an on-demand computing platform for individuals, corporations, non-profits, and government agencies alike. Details were not provided in Amazon’s report but we can assume that some percentage of the requests was for information from Amazon Web Services.