Sensitive data of more than 250 MILLION people to be handed over to Amazon as the US upgrades security on a system used to identify suspected terrorists, immigrants and criminals | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Sensitive data of more than 250 MILLION people to be handed over to Amazon as the US upgrades security on a system used to identify suspected terrorists, immigrants and criminals

Amazon will be looking after biometric data on more than 250 million people as the US Department of Homeland security seeks to upgrade its identification systems.

It is part of a plan to replace the department's existing biometric/biographic database setup with a more secure system which may add new identification tools.

Amazon's database will contain biographic information alongside fingerprint, iris and face scans and may eventually incorporate images of identifying scars and tattoos.

The news will raise alarm bells for some due to fears over how tech companies are gathering personal information and just what they are - and should - be doing with it.

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