Labour’s Tom Watson calls for an investigation into Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo
Amazon’s investment in London restaurant delivery giant Deliveroo, part of a new £475 million round of fresh cash, has prompted the deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson to call for an investigation by the Competition and Markets authority. The MP tweeted: “Deliveroo’s ceo Will Shu welcomes a land grab by Amazon because ‘it is such a customer-obsessed organisation’. He’s right, Amazon is obsessed. Obsessed with tracking tools, micro-targeted ads, extracting billions through monetising our personal data.”
He added that Amazon’s move was cynical and driven by greed. “They don’t want to get their mighty claws on a food delivery system. They want Deliveroo’s tech and data,” he said. “They don’t just want to know how you eat, what you eat, when you eat. They want to know how best to extract your cash throughout your waking and sleeping hours.
“It’s called surveillance capitalism,” he added. “It’s a digital dystopia, and I shall be writing to the Competition and Markets Authority demanding they launch an investigation into this ‘investment’.” [Twitter]
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