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Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world and has earned tens of billions of dollars during the pandemic

European parliamentarians have written to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos asking whether the firm is spying on union activists and politicians.

The letter was sparked by two job posts looking to recruit intelligence analysts whose duties would include reporting on union activity.

Amazon said the job adverts, which were taken down, were not accurate and that it did not spy on anyone.

Trade unions have called for a European investigation into the firm.

The letter to Mr Bezos is signed by 37 Members of the European Parliament, mainly from left-wing and green parties.

“We are concerned about whether European trade unions, as well as local, national or European elected representatives, are affected by this approach to ‘threat monitoring’ which aims to repress collective action and trade union organising,” it reads.

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  • The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that member states cannot collect mass mobile and internet data on citizens.
  • It said forcing internet and phone operators to carry out the “general and indiscriminate transmission or retention of traffic data and location data” is against EU law.
  • The ruling is in response to several cases brought about by Privacy International and La Quadrature du Net.



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LONDON — The top court in the European Union has delivered another blow to governments seeking to keep tabs on citizens through controversial spying techniques. 

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ), the EU’s highest legal authority, ruled Tuesday that member states cannot collect mass mobile and internet data on citizens.

Forcing internet and phone operators to carry out the “general and indiscriminate transmission or retention of traffic data and location data” is against EU law, the court explained in

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