October 26, 2021 | 11:08 am
Amazon, through its cloud services division Amazon Web Services (AWS), signed a confidential data storage contract with the British secret services, the Financial Times newspaper said on Tuesday, citing sources close to the file.
The purpose of the contract is, among other things, the promotion of data analysis and artificial intelligence for espionage by the British Electronic Intelligence Service (GCHQ) and Secret Service agencies MI5 and MI6 or other services of the Ministry of Defense during joint operations. Financial Newspaper Adds.
Contracts are estimated to cost between 500 million and 1 billion pounds ($688.5 million and $1.377 million) over the next decade.
According to newspaper sources, which states that the data must remain in the United Kingdom and Amazon will not have access to them.
However, the information could rekindle the debate over the United Kingdom’s sovereignty over its strategic industries, at a time when the government is considering the possibility of ousting the Chinese conglomerate. CGN nuclear power plant project sizewell c, after telecom provider Huawei was pulled out of the country’s 5G network.
In 2019, the company Jeff Bezos Struggled to store US Armed Forces information in the cloud under the Jedi program, part of the Pentagon’s Digital Modernization, although it lost the contract to Microsoft.
Amazon legally disputed the contract and the fight resulted in it being canceled last July.
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