Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

In April last year, it was reported that Amazon employs thousands of contractors and full-time workers around the world to listen to voice recordings captured by Echo devices.

Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Yes and No. I mean on the one hand they’re very empowering and seductive but on the other hand Alexa is a double agent while working for us she’s actually more working for Amazon.

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Ring will add a second layer of authentication by requiring users to enter a one-time code shared via email or SMS when they try to log in to see the feed from their cameras starting this week.

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

Ron Taig, with the Livonia Police Department in Michigan, shows the Neighbors portal made available to law enforcement agencies who sign agreements with Amazon's Ring subsidiary.Last year, Livonia PD signed a partnership with the Amazon subsidiary allowing citizens using Ring's Neighbors app to report suspicious activity caught on surveillance.

Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine

Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine

Once a week they too delved into individuals' behaviour.“We had to make it actionable,” Selinger continues.“So to do that, we would project on the wall this view [of a] single customer and try to understand who she was.Weigend and Selinger moved on, but Amazon continued to hire talent to find innovative ways to turn data into dollars.

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

JailCore was left unsecure and unencrypted on an Amazon server, impacting locations in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia The bucket was discovered by vpmMentor on January 3rd, but was not closed until nearly two weeks later.

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Shackelford noted that the growing use of cloud-based data storage services run by the likes of Google and Amazon makes encryption more accessible to smaller companies.

Watching you watch: the tracking system of over-the-top TV streaming devices

Watching you watch: the tracking system of over-the-top TV streaming devices

Our measurements showed that tracking is prevalent on the OTT platforms we studied, with traffic to known trackers present on 69% of Roku channels and 89% of Amazon Fire TV channels.

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Providers like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft can, and have, cut people off from the data and services that they rely on to run their lives, businesses, and communities.

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be ’shut down immediately‘ over privacy concerns

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be ’shut down immediately‘ over privacy concerns

An Amazon software engineer named Max Eliaser said the home-security company Ring should be „shut down immediately.“ „The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck,“ Eliaser said.

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

New reporting alleges that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos‘ phone through WhatsApp. The report raises renewed concern about top White House aide Jared Kushner’s reported WhatsApp communications with bin Salman.

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

In an interview at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s top hardware executive said he’s proud of the program, believes the partnerships with police departments are good for neighborhoods, and hinted at a future in which Ring cameras could use Amazon’s facial recognition technology—a scenario that some of Ring’s critics have already expressed concerns about.

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

The technology was in the news in 2017 when Vizio got in trouble with federal and state regulators for collecting such data without users’ knowledge or consent.Here, Consumer Reports shows you how to turn off data collection for the following TVs: Amazon Fire TV Edition, LG, Roku, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.

Ring and Amazon get slammed with a federal lawsuit that claims the companies failed to secure cameras against hackers

Ring and Amazon get slammed with a federal lawsuit that claims the companies failed to secure cameras against hackers

The lawsuit alleges that, as a manufacturer of security products, Ring failed to meet its „most basic obligation by not ensuring its Wi-Fi enabled cameras were protected against cyber-attack.“ It also argues that Ring and Amazon sought to avoid responsibility by blaming users for not implementing proper security measures despite knowing the risks of not requiring things like two-factor authentication.

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

However, there are plenty of people on campus who see a dark side.“When it comes to deploying listening devices where sensitive conversations occur, we simply have no idea what long-term effect having conversations recorded and kept by Amazon might have on their futures—even, quite possibly, on their health and well-being,” says Russell Newman, an Emerson professor who researches the political economy of communication and communications policy.

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We buy DNA tests from 23AndMe that could one day end up in a police database, we buy Amazon Echo and smartphone technology used to target us with ads, and, increasingly, we are buying Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras that are being used to watch ourselves and our neighbors, create a warrantless police surveillance apparatus, and serve as an attack surface that can allow hackers to enter our homes.

No, GDPR Can’t Be Blamed For Everything

No, GDPR Can’t Be Blamed For Everything

You’ve probably already opened the original article so I’ll just list the mentioned issues and explain why it’s not a GDPR problem per se.“Amazon sent 1,700 Alexa voice recordings to the wrong user following data request” — the allusion here is that GDPR is bad because it forced a company to make a mistake.

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Included in re:Invent's attendee badges was a small device acting as a Bluetooth beacon, which allowed AWS to track people as they moved from room to room.AWS confirmed to Motherboard this was the company behind the beacons, and added that attendees could opt-out if they wanted to.

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

The Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the so-called "cloud acceleration" feature is an opt-out service that all Kindle Fire users are automatically enrolled in by default.

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

For example, AiFi works in the same way as Amazon Go, but is designed to scale: the company claims its Autonomous Store Platform can track up to 500 people, and tens of thousands of products.

Amazon and Google Are Practically Giving Away Smart Speakers. Here’s Why.

Amazon and Google Are Practically Giving Away Smart Speakers. Here’s Why.

Credit: NurPhoto/Getty ImagesThis holiday season, both Amazon and Google are selling their smart speakers for so little that they’re basically giving them away, or in some cases, partnering with other companies to actually give them away.

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

Call centre workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex.Call-centre workers for companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google are hired to check recordings made by voice assistants including Alexa and Siri for accuracy and helpfulness.

Amazon India halts ‘search-seeding’

Amazon India halts ‘search-seeding’

“We were provided with search word-based analytics on the platform about twice a month, which helps sellers using those keywords to appear on top results,” the merchant said.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Amazon's integration of AVS into AWS IoT Core should lead to a rapid jump in the number of Alexa-powered consumer IoT devices.

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Fifteen civil rights groups launched a major campaign on Monday calling on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil liberties, particularly through partnerships with law enforcement.

Website Calls for Investigation of Ring, Gets Blocked by Facebook

Website Calls for Investigation of Ring, Gets Blocked by Facebook

A leading digital rights organization on Tuesday said that Facebook was actively blocking its users from sharing a link to a web page critical of Amazon that labels its internet-connected home security products—namely, Ring doorbell cameras—a threat to “privacy, civil liberties, and security”.

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

WASHINGTON - Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

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