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This is how police request customer data from Amazon – TechCrunch

Anybody can entry parts of an internet portal, utilized by legislation enforcement to request buyer knowledge from Amazon, though the portal is meant to require a verified e mail handle and password.

Amazon’s legislation enforcement request portal permits police and federal brokers to submit formal requests for buyer knowledge together with a authorized order, like a subpoena, a search warrant, or a court docket order. The portal is publicly accessible from the web, however legislation enforcement should register an account with the location with a view to enable Amazon to “authenticate” the requesting officer’s credentials earlier than they will make requests.

Solely time delicate emergency requests will be submitted with out an account, however this requires the consumer to “declare and acknowledge” that they’re a licensed legislation enforcement officer earlier than they will submit a request.

The portal doesn’t show buyer knowledge or enable entry to present legislation enforcement requests. However elements of the web site nonetheless load with no need to log in, together with its dashboard and the “commonplace” request type utilized by legislation enforcement to request buyer knowledge.

The portal supplies a uncommon glimpse into how Amazon handles legislation enforcement requests.

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This type permits legislation enforcement to request buyer knowledge utilizing all kinds of knowledge factors, together with Amazon order numbers, serial numbers of Amazon Echo and Fireplace gadgets, bank cards particulars and checking account numbers, reward playing cards, supply and transport numbers, and even the Social Safety variety of supply drivers.

It additionally permits legislation enforcement to acquire data associated to Amazon Web Services accounts by submitting domains or IP addresses associated to the request.

Assuming this was a bug, we despatched Amazon a number of emails previous to publication however didn’t hear again.

Amazon shouldn’t be the one tech firm with a portal for legislation enforcement requests. Lots of the greater tech corporations with thousands and thousands and even billions of customers around the globe, like Google and Twitter, have constructed portals to permit legislation enforcement to request buyer and consumer knowledge.

Motherboard reported a similar issue earlier this month that allowed anybody with an e mail handle to entry legislation enforcement portals arrange by Fb and WhatsApp.

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Zack Whittaker