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29th January 2023

Online shopping data protection

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Kanye West arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, a Los Angeles judge approved the request of the rapper, producer and fashion designer to legally change his name to just Ye, spelled Y-E, with no middle or last name. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The Internet has invaded our personal and professional lives, threatening the security of our data and privacy. We provide personal information to any company in exchange for a service, whether it is to buy clothes or to check our bank details. Normally, the companies to which we give our data have advanced protection mechanisms to detect any anomaly in the system, but even so, they can fail. This is what has happened to Amazon. A security breach has led to workers being able to spy on the shopping lists of celebrities such as Kanye West.

According to an investigation by Wired, Amazon’s internal data security is so lax that even “low-level” staff were able to snoop on the purchase history of all the platform’s users, including celebrities such as Kanye West and the stars of the Avengers movie.

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