Amazon as a Vector

Amazon as a Vector

While platforms like Amazon have cornered markets through long-term investment strategies and developing itself as a utility[9], a central cog in the systems of e-commerce and retail, this doesn’t beget issues of public trust and the increasing complexity from running these multiple lines.

Washington state’s data privacy bill, supported by Microsoft, dies as key players fail to reach compromise

Washington state’s data privacy bill, supported by Microsoft, dies as key players fail to reach compromise

Efforts to enact new data privacy regulations in Washington state failed this week as legislators and tech titans Amazon and Microsoft failed to reach a compromise before the deadline. State Sen. Reuven Carlyle sponsored the bill and vowed to revive the effort to enact new privacy regulations in 2020.

Privacy 2019: Tor, Meek & The Rise And Fall Of Domain Fronting

Privacy 2019: Tor, Meek & The Rise And Fall Of Domain Fronting

This allowed the creation of meek bridge relays on large clouds such as Google App Engine, Amazon CloudFront/EC2 and Microsoft Azure, hiding the actual target hostname behind domains such as , or various static asset CDNs. Domain fronting was nothing short of revolutionary for Tor users in high-risk countries.

As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash

As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash

Before this year there was only one jurisdiction that required businesses to accept cash: Massachusetts, which passed a law nearly 40 years ago.“The potential societal cost of a cashless economy I think outweighs the potential benefits for businesses,” said Ritchie Torres, a New York City councilman for the South Bronx who introduced the bill.

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

U.S. Department of Defense officials have decided this week that the only two cloud vendors able to meet their requirements for a huge, winner-take-all project are Amazon and Microsoft. Google dropped out of the JEDI bidding last year, acknowledging it couldn't meet the requirements (and citing its AI principles, as well).

Amazon staff listen to customers' Alexa recordings, report says

Amazon staff listen to customers' Alexa recordings, report says

Amazon employees around the world regularly listen to recordings from the company’s smart speakers as part of the development process for new services, Bloomberg News reports.

How to Stop Amazon From Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

How to Stop Amazon From Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

According to a Bloomberg report , Amazon employs thousands of workers to transcribe recordings of Alexa users for the purpose of improving the voice assistant's recognition algorithm. You can review a number of things here, including our voice history, skill permissions, and other data settings.

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod speakers According to Apple's security policy, voice recordings lack personally identifiable information and are linked to a random ID number, which is reset every time Siri is switched off.

Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to your Alexa conversations

Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to your Alexa conversations

An investigation by Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon has a global team that transcribes and annonates Alexa recordings from around to world to "eliminate gaps in Alexa's understanding of human speech" and allow the assistant to serve up better responses to your queries.

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon’s review process for speech data begins when Alexa pulls a random, small sampling of customer voice recordings and sends the audio files to the far-flung employees and contractors, according to a person familiar with the program’s design.

Amazon’s Alexa can handle patient information now — what does that mean for privacy?

Amazon’s Alexa can handle patient information now — what does that mean for privacy?

In the case of Livongo, the company whose voice skill lets users check their blood sugar reading, Alexa is mostly a way to transmit the information.

Another scandal: Facebook user data reportedly at risk again

Another scandal: Facebook user data reportedly at risk again

Though At The Pool shut down in 2014, UpGuard wrote that, “this should offer little consolation to the app’s end users whose names, passwords, email addresses, Facebook IDs and other details were openly exposed for an unknown period of time.”.

Recode Daily: Another day, another Facebook privacy scandal

Recode Daily: Another day, another Facebook privacy scandal

The data was uploaded by third-party Facebook app developers: Mexican media company Cultura Colectiva and an app called At the Pool. Sign up for our Recode Daily newsletter to get the top tech and business news stories delivered to your inbox.

Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers

Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers

In one instance, Mexico City-based digital platform Cultura Colectiva, openly stored 540 million records on Facebook users, including identification numbers, comments, reactions and account names.

Smart talking: are our devices threatening our privacy?

Smart talking: are our devices threatening our privacy?

For instance, if anyone intentionally used the wake word to activate the Echo – for a benign request such as asking for a song to be played, say – the device might have picked up pertinent background audio, like people arguing.

Big Tech is Spying on Us: a collection of articles to freak you out and convince your doubting friends.

Big Tech is Spying on Us: a collection of articles to freak you out and convince your doubting friends.

It's in Big Tech's DNA to spy on us, and the proliferation of IoT / smart home gadgets along with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are only going accelerate the problem.

New Jersey becomes second state to ban cashless shops and restaurants

New Jersey becomes second state to ban cashless shops and restaurants

Murphy's signature makes New Jersey the second state in the US to ban cashless stores, after Massachusetts banned them in 1978. Much like Philadelphia's new law, New Jersey's law makes an exception for parking garages and car rental companies, where a credit card is required upfront for incidentals.

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Civil liberties groups such as the ACLU have already raised concerns about the speedy adoption of facial recognition tech among US law enforcement agencies and the potential for its abuse, particularly against immigrants and people of color.

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Klobuchar said she didn’t want to inhibit innovation, and she suggested that the rule might only apply to “larger platforms, not startups.” In Europe last year, regulators proposed a tax on any company making money from advertising or selling user data within a country, regardless of whether they have a brick-and-mortar presence.

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

“To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.” The proposal notes that major companies have tightened their grip on the digital market through mergers, but regulators have largely let those deals pass.

Sorry Amazon: Philadelphia bans cashless stores

Sorry Amazon: Philadelphia bans cashless stores

with 144 posters participating Share this story This week, Philadelphia's mayor signed a bill that would ban cashless retail stores, according to The Morning Call . The move makes Philadelphia the first major city to require that brick-and-mortar retail stores accept cash.

Open Source Hardware Could Defend Against Next Generation Hacking

Open Source Hardware Could Defend Against Next Generation Hacking

Shane Oberloier and Joshua Pearce , CC BY-ND The future of distributed manufacturing Making open-source hardware systems more available increases regular people’s security by giving them verifiably secure options.

German police storing bodycam footage on Amazon cloud

German police storing bodycam footage on Amazon cloud

German Federal Police are storing video footage from body cameras on the servers of internet giant Amazon, unleashing a storm of criticism over security and privacy issues.

Microsoft president says WA state privacy bill could impact facial recognition technology globally

Microsoft president says WA state privacy bill could impact facial recognition technology globally

Two of the top companies developing facial recognition software are in Washington state, where a bill that would regulate the technology is working its way through the legislature. A few weeks before, Smith outlined his concerns about facial recognition technology and the need for regulation during a speech in Washington D.C.

As Concerns Over Facial Recognition Grow, Members Of Congress Are Considering Their Next Move

As Concerns Over Facial Recognition Grow, Members Of Congress Are Considering Their Next Move

BuzzFeed News has learned that the US House Oversight and Reform Committee is considering holding a hearing on facial recognition, which has been widely implemented across the country despite growing concerns about the technology’s potential privacy and civil rights implications.

Amazon Bought A Router Company You've Never Heard Of. Here Is Why It's A Huge Deal.

Amazon Bought A Router Company You've Never Heard Of. Here Is Why It's A Huge Deal.

A 2017 Eero report with anonymized data collected from “hundreds of thousands” of its routers shows a glimpse into what information can be gleaned: Charts showing times of day users are most active (Sunday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.), and a list of the top 40 devices connected to Eero networks (topped by the iPhone, iPad, and Sonos speakers).

Amazon and Google accused of attempting smart home data grab

Amazon and Google accused of attempting smart home data grab

Amazon and Google have been accused of making a grab for data generated by smart home Internet of Things devices - even from devices that have not been produced by the two internet giants.

Google, Amazon Expanding Smart Home Device Data Gathering

Google, Amazon Expanding Smart Home Device Data Gathering

As Amazon.com Inc. and Google work to place their smart speakers at the center of the internet-connected home, both technology giants are expanding the amount of data they gather about customers who use their voice software to control other gadgets.

Amazon and Google ask for non-stop data from smart home devices

Amazon and Google ask for non-stop data from smart home devices

The concern is that both Amazon and Google could do this, and that users didn't consent to sharing as much smart home data as they do today.

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