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13 Aug 2019

USA: Whole Foods employees demand Amazon cease business deals providing ICE with controversial software and technical support

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"Whole Foods employees demand Amazon break all ties with ICE and Palantir", 12 August 2019

Pressure is mounting against Amazon’s continued involvement with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with Whole Foods employees now demanding the company cease ties with the agency through its business dealings with the controversial government contractor Palantir...

...Whole Foods employees say they will continue to combat the company by leaking information and attempting to undermine policies and business dealings that lead to the deportation of undocumented people and other rights abuses...

 ...Although Amazon does not provide services directly to ICE, it does provide cloud computing resources to companies like Palantir that do provide ICE with software and other forms of technical support. Amazon has also tried selling its controversial facial recognition software...to ICE, as noted by a letter penned by Amazon employees last year demanding that CEO Jeff Bezos stop selling and attempting to sell the platform to law enforcement.

Amazon has...provided cloud-based database support to numerous agencies related to immigration enforcement, according to a report...that detailed the tech companies connected to the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown...

...[The Verge] reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this story when we hear back.