Amazon is requiring all their delivery drivers to give, what is called, biometric consent, so the company can track them throughout their work day.
These are definitely future times that we are living in.
I’m not sure whether this biometric consent falls under, “It’s an excellent idea!” or whether it’s like, “Hey, dude. That’s my privacy.”
I can see pros and cons for both sides.
BUT, is this just reaching a little too far as far as tracking people is concerned?
New cameras are being installed and implemented in delivery vehicles that would track movements, driver location, and this new biometric data.
Amazon is telling its delivery drivers to sign a consent form that allows the company to track them based on biometric data as “a condition of delivering Amazon packages.”Yahoo News
I mean, I guess they know what they are getting into up front, and they can choose to walk to another job or just sign the consent.
The problem is that there are thousands of drivers that currently deliver for Amazon, and they have to make the choice, THIS WEEK, whether they are going to sign the consent or lose their jobs.
Amazon would be allowed to use “on-board safety camera technology which collects your photograph for the purposes of confirming your identity and connecting you to your driver account.” The system would then “collect, store, and use Biometric Information from such photographs.”Yahoo News
This does sound pretty darn invasive, but as long as you are doing what you are supposed to, you should be okay, right?
Wait, there’s more.
This new technology that is going to be onboard the vehicles would specifically track the location of the driver, as well as all the movements they make.
For example, it would track how many miles they drive, how fast they are going, and it even tracks when they brake or turn.
Now, it seems that all the drivers that must sign this form work for a third-party delivery company.
So, is this just Amazon trying to micro-manage all the employees?
Is Amazon doing a good thing, because they will ensure that their delivery drivers are staying on track?
Amazon claims these onboard cameras are a mere safety measure when it comes to their delivery drivers.
We piloted the technology — and the results produced remarkable driver and community safety improvements — accidents decreased 48 percent, stop sign violations decreased 20 percent, driving without a seatbelt decreased 60 percent, and distracted driving decreased 45 percent. Don’t believe the self-interested critics who claim these cameras are intended for anything other than safety.”Deborah Bass, Amazon Spokesperson
So, what do you think? Is this a good idea, or just a little bit too invasive?