I think you're right, Joey, on all counts. But I think we agree that it doesn't excuse Amazon?
I just wish the deserved outrage doesn't have a whiff of specificity to Amazon.
As an analogy, we can find any number of pieces taking tech companies to task for loosey-goosey attitudes to privacy, but when California's DMV makes millions selling motorists personal information we don't hear much. I'm very glad that there are people out there who aren't asleep at the wheel when it comes to the tech companies, but what's the missing piece when it comes to, say, the California DMV? Not to hijack the thread, but spend some time reading up on Third Party Doctrine and what it means to the Fourth Amendment -- that's eye-opening!
Dammit, I did just conduct a Two-Martini Threadjack after Jeff and Joey's thoughtful posts about Amazon. Sorry. Back to holiday cleaning for me.