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Amazon Stonewalls Inquiries about Sharing Customer Data with Governments

2018-01-16⊺17:49:33-06:00

“Amazon Won't Say If It Hands Your Echo Data to the Government”
Zack Whittaker, Zero Day, January 16, 2018
http://www.zdnet.com/article/amazon-the-least-transparent-tech-company/

Amazon has been downright deceptive in how it presents the data, obfuscating the figures in its short, but contextless, twice-yearly reports. Not only does Amazon offer the barest minimum of information possible, the company has — and continues — to deliberately mislead its customers by actively refusing to clarify how many customers, and which customers, are affected by the data demands it receives.

#amazon-echo #home-surveillance #data-sharing

What to Do with Alexa

2018-01-16⊺07:10:50-06:00

Even purchasers of the Amazon Echo and its rivals have trouble finding a use for their new gizmo. Amazon equips the Echo with more than thirty thousand “skills.” Only about one Echo user in five has ever run even one of those add-on applications.

“Alexa, We're Still Trying to Figure Out What to Do with You”
Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nick Wingfield, The New York Times, January 15, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/technology/virtual-assistants-alexa.html

For some reason, the story doesn't mention the most important application of these devices: surveillance.

#virtual-assistants #amazon-echo #home-surveillance

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