Reviewed October 9th, 2020
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Amazon Prime Video

Amazon.com, Inc.
3/10

Summary

Amazon Prime Video is a video streaming service that is available for Amazon Prime members. WIth an Amazon Prime membership, you can access a large number of TV shows, movies, and Amazon Originals.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

February 2020


A large database containing millions of European customer records was found unsecured on Amazon Web Services on February 3, 2020. Information from several companies was found on this database, such as Amazon, eBay, Shopify, PayPal, and Stripe. Leaked personal information could include name, shipping address, email, phone number, items purchased, payment history, and partially redacted credit cards.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Make sure to follow steps to turn off the history of searches and information to not allow Amazon to use information. Amazon uses encryption to protect your purchases and searches, but make sure you are aware that Amazon may use your information.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Amazon says that they do not sell customers' personal information, but they may share your information with third parties for marketing and commercial purposes.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Easy-to-use and a variety of things to watch.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Amazon shares data with third parties.
  • Amazon likes to keep a lot of data on users to target them with personalized ads.

Final Thoughts


Amazon notoriously collects a large amount of data on its users and uses it to target them with interest-based ads. Amazon was also included in a data breach that exposed information from several million European Amazon accounts. As a result, personal information seems to be at serious risk when provided to Amazon.

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