Amazon | 'Give us bio data or lose job'

'Give us bio data or lose job'

It has been revealed that from this week US-based Amazon delivery drivers will have to sign a ‘biometric consent’ form.

According to Vice, this means that the company will be granted access to use AI-powered cameras to access the location, movement and biometric data of each driver.

It’s been reported that if the drivers refuse to sign, they will lose their jobs.

The form requires each driver to agree to facial recognition and other biometric data collection within the vans and cars they drive.

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It reads: “Amazon may… use certain technology that processes Biometric Information, including on-board safety camera technology which collects your photograph for the purposes of confirming your identity and connecting you to your driver account.

“Using your photograph, this technology, may create Biometric Information, and collect, store, and use Biometric Information from such photographs.”

The form also added that the “technology tracks vehicle location and movement, including miles driven, speed, acceleration, braking, turns, and following distance a condition of delivery packages for Amazon, you consent to the use of technology.”

With these new plans underway, Thomson Reuters reported earlier this month that some drivers are quitting their roles with the tech giant due to privacy concerns.

This comes after the firm revealed it would install AI-powered four-lens cameras in all of its Amazon-branded delivery vans last month.

Deborah Bass, a Spokesperson for Amazon, said: “Netradyne cameras are used to help keep drivers and the communities where we deliver safe. We piloted the technology from April to October 2020 on over two million miles of delivery routes and the results produced remarkable driver and community safety improvements – accidents decreased 48%, stop sign violations decreased 20%, driving without a seatbelt decreased 60%, and distracted driving decreased 45%. Don’t believe the self-interested critics who claim these cameras are intended for anything other than safety.” 

As reported by Vice, these drivers technically aren’t employed by Amazon, instead by circa 800 companies, which are known as delivery service partners that operate out of Amazon delivery stations.

However, the report said that Amazon has a say in many aspects of its drivers' working conditions.

Amazon also hit headlines earlier this year after thousands of workers were mistakenly told to isolate by test and trace.

The tracing programme informed around 4,000 workers that they were positive and therefore must isolate, despite having tested negative, Sky News reported.

A Spokesman for the Department for Health and Social Care, told Sky News: “On Saturday, some Amazon staff members who tested negative for COVID-19 received notifications from NHS Test and Trace to say they have tested positive and asking them to self-isolate.

“Working closely with Amazon, NHS Test and Trace rapidly notified affected employees to let them know they did not need to isolate.”

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