October 26, 2021 | 11:08 AM
The Financial Times said on Tuesday, citing sources close to the file, that Amazon, through its cloud services division Amazon Web Services (AWS), had signed a confidential data storage contract with Britain’s secret services.
The contract aims, among other things, to enhance data analysis and artificial intelligence for espionage by Britain’s electronic intelligence service GCHQ, Secret Service agencies MI5 and MI6 or other services of the Ministry of Defense during joint operations.
The value of the contract is estimated at between 500 million and 1 billion Egyptian pounds (688.5 million and 1.377 million dollars) over the next decade.
Sources in the paper said the data would have to remain in the UK and that Amazon would not be able to access it.
However, this information could re-launch the debate about the UK’s sovereignty over its strategic industries, at a time when the government is considering the possibility of excluding the Chinese group. CGN From the nuclear power plant project sizwill c, after excluding telecom provider Huawei from the country’s 5G network.
In 2019, the company Jeff Bezos Argued for storing US Armed Forces information in the cloud Under the JEDI program, part of the Pentagon’s digital update, despite losing the contract to Microsoft.
Amazon legally challenged the contract and the battle resulted in its cancellation last July.
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