Local News Stations Run Propaganda Segment Scripted and Produced by Amazon

Local News Stations Run Propaganda Segment Scripted and Produced by Amazon

Local news stations across the U.S. aired a segment produced and scripted by Amazon which touts the company's role in delivering essential groceries and cleaning products during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its ability to do so while "keeping its employees safe and healthy.".

Google is partnering with the Department of Defense to fight cybercrime

Google is partnering with the Department of Defense to fight cybercrime

Google Cloud has landed a deal to help the Department of Defense combat cyber threats worldwide.Google has landed a deal with the Department of Defense to use its Cloud tools to combat cyber threats.

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

A poster child for what's wrong with merger-driven growth is the Google-Fitbit acquisition, which would see the dominant wearable fitness tracker company disappear into the Googleplex, along with its massive trove of sensitive user data.

Amazon buys heat-sensing cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm

Amazon buys heat-sensing cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm

The deal comes as the US Food and Drug Administration warned of a shortage of temperature-reading devices and said it would not halt certain pandemic uses of thermal cameras that lack the agency’s regulatory approval.

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon in a written statement to the WSJ agreed that "like other retailers, we look at sales and store data to provide our customers with the best possible experience," adding, "however, we strictly prohibit our employees from using nonpublic, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch."

Surveillance Capitalism and the Internet of Things

Surveillance Capitalism and the Internet of Things

Three years later, a New Hampshire judge made a similar demand, ordering Amazon to release recordings from an Echo sitting in the kitchen where two women were murdered.

Smart home developers raise concerns about Alexa and Google Assistant security

Smart home developers raise concerns about Alexa and Google Assistant security

"[Status update] data gives platforms [like Google and Amazon] a privileged position that no one manufacturer enjoys," said Brad Russell, the Research Director of smart home devices at research firm Parks Associates Inc. Tyler Lizenby/CNET While Amazon says it doesn't sell the data it gathers to third parties or uses it for targeted advertising, that data is still of tremendous value to the company.

Facebook temporarily bans ads for medical face masks to prevent coronavirus exploitation

Facebook temporarily bans ads for medical face masks to prevent coronavirus exploitation

Facebook is temporarily banning ads and commerce listings for medical face masks amid growing concern over coronavirus-related exploitation, CNBC reports.Update: We’re banning ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks on Instagram and Facebook.

Amazon’s Echo wants you to get rid of privacy for good

Amazon’s Echo wants you to get rid of privacy for good

Ring, the home security camera company owned by Amazon, is very open about sharing user data with police.However, knowing how Amazon shares its Echo recordings, it would be highly inappropriate to handle personal health information in the same way.

FreePN - Amazon's Ring and the Threat to Privacy - A Real Life Version of Big Brother?

FreePN - Amazon's Ring and the Threat to Privacy - A Real Life Version of Big Brother?

A few months ago, Ring started creating partnerships with police departments nationwide, allowing officers access to surveillance videos of Ring users.The Neighbors app also allows local police departments onto the network where they can access the discussions and videos.

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge conducted its first national tech survey in the hangover of the 2016 US presidential election, when Americans were beginning to come to grips with the vast reach and influence of big tech platforms.Microsoft leads big tech companies in the number of Americans who say they trust it, at 75 percent of survey respondents.

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.

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.

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.

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

channels, Tile has made the decision to continue raising concerns over Apple’s anti-competitive practices,” Tile’s general counsel Kirsten Daru told Reuters in an interview ahead of the hearing.

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

On Monday, in time for this year's CES in Las Vegas, the home surveillance camera and internet-connected doorbell specialist made a point of unveiling an account control panel it hopes will allow users to better manage the access settings on their devices and keep hackers and other intruders out.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

Spot is a Cop

Spot is a Cop

According to a report by Boston news station WBUR, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts show that the state’s bomb squad had Spot on loan from Boston Dynamics for three months, from August to November this year.