“Amazon Won't Say If It Hands Your Echo Data to the Government”
Zack Whittaker, Zero Day, January 16, 2018
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.
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
For some reason, the story doesn't mention the most important application of these devices: surveillance.