Amazon drivers “forced to sign biometric consent form”

Amazon delivery drivers are reportedly being forced to sign biometric consent forms or risk losing their jobs.

Last month the e-commerce giant announced it was installing AI-powered cameras across its delivery vans to monitor drivers.

According to a report by Vice’s online magazine Motherboard, if Amazon delivery drivers refuse to sign these forms, which give the company permission to use the cameras to access driver location, movement, and biometric data, then they will lose their jobs.

It said that the form requires drivers to approve facial recognition, alongside other biometric data collection in their vehicle.

"Amazon may… use certain Technology that processes Biometric Information, including on-board safety camera technology which collects your photograph for the purposes of confirming your identity and connecting you to your driver account," said the form, which Motherboard published online. "Using your photograph, this Technology, may create Biometric Information, and collect, store, and use Biometric Information from such photographs."

The form adds: "this Technology tracks vehicle location and movement, including miles driven, speed, acceleration, braking, turns, and following distance ...as a condition of delivery packages for Amazon, you consent to the use of Technology."

In February the company said that the cameras, developed by transportation technology company Netradyne, were being implemented to improve safety for its drivers.

The move has raised privacy concerns by campaigners, with one driver reporting that the system could be triggered by a yawn, which would then prompt it to request a 15-minute break.

Earlier this month, Thomson Reuters reported that some drivers are quitting their jobs because of privacy concerns.

Retail Systems has reached out to Amazon for comment.

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