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Alexa, play Daniel O'Donnell: the rise of the all-hearing Alexa
Opinion: our often unquestioning use of products like Alexa and Siri has created problems around privacy, security and other issues
Alexa  Amazon  voiceassistants  privacy  surveillance  Algo 
7 days ago by barbarafister
Amazon’s new grocery store is watching our every move. But we asked for this. - News @ Northeastern
In Amazon’s new grocery store, there are no registers, and you can walk out as soon as you’ve grabbed what you need. The catch? All the information about your purchase lives in sensors, computers, and the cameras hanging from the ceiling. But to Christo Wilson, associate professor in Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, not much has changed. “Amazon knows a ton about you,” he says, and customers oblige for the sake of convenience and choice. These are factors traditional grocery stores, by offering unblemished apples and thirty kinds of crackers, have already conditioned people to expect, fellow professor Christopher Bosso says. “The enemy is us.”
Amazon  privacy  bigdata  AlgoReport 
22 days ago by barbarafister
'They know us better than we know ourselves': how Amazon tracked my last two years of reading | Technology | The Guardian
When I requested my personal information from Amazon this month under California’s new privacy law, I received mostly what I expected: my order history, shipping information and customer support chat logs. But tucked into the dozens of files were also two Excel spreadsheets, more than 20,000 lines each, with titles, time stamps and actions detailing my reading habits on the Kindle app on my iPhone.
Amazon  reading  surveillance  privacy  bigdata  AlgoReport 
25 days ago by barbarafister
Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos | Watch S2020 E12 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site
Jeff Bezos is not only one of the richest men in the world, he has built a business empire that is without precedent in the history of American capitalism. His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future of technology is unrivaled.
Amazon  internet  AlgoReport 
4 weeks ago by barbarafister
Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine
Amazon “happen to sell products, but they are a data company,” says James Thomson, one of the former executives interviewed.

“Each opportunity to interact with a customer is another opportunity to collect data.”
AlgoReport  tech&society  privacy  bigdata  surveillancecapitalism  Amazon 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Ring isn't just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors. The company also uses it to surveil its customers.

An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII).
surveillance  IoT  privacy  radlib  ring  Amazon  AlgoReport 
8 weeks ago by barbarafister

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