Cloud Computing for the CIA
Amazon is actually one of the biggest providers of Cloud services in the U.S. with AWS (Amazon Web Services) accounting for over US$3.8 billion in annual revenue for Amazon. In fact, it’s so big, AWS controls five times the amount of information as its next 14 competitors, combined. If you’ve ever watched streaming content on Netflix, clicked on a Pinterest pin, or listened to music on Spotify, you’ve used AWS. That business is about to become a lot bigger, as AWS’ newest customer is none other than the U.S. government’s most shady arm, the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). In a deal worth US$600 million, Amazon will provide nonspecified ‘cloud computing services’ to the CIA. But, as Amazon holds one of the world’s largest customer information databases, there is obvious public concern as to what exactly Amazon will be providing the CIA. For now, at least, it’s probably a good idea not to buy your bleach and fertilizer together off of Amazon.