Amazon is reportedly asking its delivery drivers to take selfies. The move is meant to curb fraud and to verify the driver’s identity.
The Seattle-based e-commerce giant has confirmed to The Verge that it is asking its delivery drivers to take selfies in a bit to avoid frauds. The company is currently asking those drivers who are enrolled under its Flex programme. For those who don’t know, the Flex programme allows the contractors to deliver packages using their own personal vehicle. The programme is fairly popular in the United States and it was introduced in 2015.
As per the report, a message in the Amazon Flex application told the drivers to take a selfie before they start working, though it urges them not to take a selfie while driving. The company has also informed drivers that it may collect their biometric data to confirm their identity.
The new effort will also screen out anyone who is not authorised to delivery packages such as criminals who might use Flex to lurk in one’s home, the report added. Furthermore, the report says that the requirement is only valid for Flex delivers who are getting paid $18 to $25 per hour.
Meanwhile, Amazon is reported to be eavesdropping on one’s conversations with Alexa. Alexa voice recordings are constantly monitored for means to improve the digital assistant and Amazon does so by not just the power of their artificial intelligence but also by having actual humans listen to the recording of your voice queries.