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Amazon’s Ring Neighbors app exposed users’ precise locations and home addresses

Ring, the video doorbell and home security startup acquired by Amazon for $1 billion, launched Neighbors in 2018 as a breakaway feature in its own standalone app. Neighbors is one of several neighborhood watch apps, like Nextdoor and Citizen, that lets users anonymously alert nearby residents to crime and public-safety issues.

While users’ posts are public, the app doesn’t display names or precise locations — though most include video taken by Ring doorbells and security cameras. The bug made it possible to retrieve the location data on users who posted to the app, including those who are reporting crimes.

Source: Amazon’s Ring Neighbors app exposed users’ precise locations and home addresses | TechCrunch

Tech Giants Hope for US Data Privacy Law

Google, Twitter and Amazon are hopeful that Joe Biden’s incoming administration in the United States will enact a federal digital data law, senior company officials said at CES, the annual electronics and technology show.

“There are more than 100 national data privacy laws in the world,” said Anne Toth, director of Amazon’s Alexa Trust. “We’re dealing with a forever patchwork quilt but we’re trying to minimize the differences.”

Source: Tech Giants Hope for US Data Privacy Law | SecurityWeek.Com

Should Amazon’s drugstore know your medical condition?

The new Amazon Pharmacy offers customers convenience and potentially lower prices. But experts warn that users could be jeopardizing their privacy.

For many consumers, this represents greater convenience and the possibility of paying less for prescription drugs. It also means what little privacy you have left is rapidly disintegrating.

Full article: Should Amazon’s drugstore know your medical condition? – Los Angeles Times

New report shows Google tracks 80% of the Web, with Amazon likely to overtake Facebook as second-worst privacy threat

Google is tracking four-fifths of Web traffic, and is thus gaining unparalleled insights into what individuals are doing, and what the online trends are both globally and locally. That tracking data provides Google with market research that is unmatched by any other company.

In 2020 in the U.S., Amazon surpassed Facebook in tracking reach, clocking in at 29.4% tracker reach, with Facebook at only 23%. In the EU and globally, Amazon remains just behind Facebook, ranking 3rd most widespread and coming in at 17.2% reach in the EU and 19.2% globally.

Source: New report shows Google tracks 80% of the Web, with Amazon likely to overtake Facebook as second-worst privacy threat

Amazon Sued For Wiretapping Drivers’ Closed Facebook Groups

Amazon Flex Driver Drickey Jackson alleged that Amazon “wiretapp(ed) the electronic communications of Amazon Flex Drivers’ closed Facebook groups,” according to a class action complaint filed in the Souther District of California.

According to the complaint, Amazon sought to “secretly observe and monitor Flex Drivers’ electronic communications and confidential postings in their closed Facebook groups, through the use of monitoring tools, automated software, and dedicated employees with backgrounds in signals intelligence and communications intelligence,” who purportedly deployed said tools “as part of their … duties on behalf of Amazon.” In particular, the plaintiff cited the existence of a document listing 43 closed Flex Driver Facebook groups that Amazon purportedly monitors.

Source: Amazon Sued For Wiretapping Drivers’ Closed Facebook Groups – Tech

France fines Google $120M and Amazon $42M for dropping tracking cookies without consent

France’s data protection agency, the CNIL, has slapped Google and Amazon with fines for dropping tracking cookies without consent.

Google has been hit with a total of €100 million ($120 million) for dropping cookies on Google.fr and Amazon €35 million (~$42 million) for doing so on the Amazon .fr domain under the penalty notices issued on December 10.

The regulator carried out investigations of the websites over the past year and found tracking cookies were automatically dropped when a user visited the domains in breach of the country’s Data Protection Act.

Source: France fines Google $120M and Amazon $42M for dropping tracking cookies without consent

Amazon’s new health band is the most invasive tech ever tested by Washington Post

Amazon approached some aspects of Halo data more carefully than it has other recent products. The Halo does not send Amazon recordings of your voice, like its Echo smart speakers. Instead, it sends recordings to your phone for analysis, and then deletes the recordings from both. Your body fat photos are sent to Amazon’s cloud for processing, then deleted from its systems. 

The Halo privacy policy says Amazon won’t sell your data, share it without your explicit permission or use it to target you with sales pitches.

But that still leaves open plenty of other ways for Amazon to profit from your information. In an anonymized way, it can data mine the heart rate, activity, sleep and tone patterns of Halo owners, using the information to tailor its health algorithms and learn about human bodies. Make no mistake: Disrupting medicine is the next goal for big tech.

Full article: Amazon’s new health band is the most invasive tech we’ve ever tested

Secret Amazon Reports Expose Company Spying on Labor, Environmental Groups

Leaked documents reveal Amazon’s reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on workers and its extensive monitoring of labor unions and social movements.

The documents show Amazon analysts closely monitor the labor and union-organizing activity of their workers throughout Europe, as well as environmentalist and social justice groups on Facebook and Instagram. They also indicate, and an Amazon spokesperson confirmed, that Amazon has hired Pinkerton operatives—from the notorious spy agency known for its union-busting activities—to gather intelligence on warehouse workers.

Source: Secret Amazon Reports Expose Company Spying on Labor, Environmental Groups

Amazon faces backlash over using Sidewalk for neighborhood networks

Amazon customers are being automatically opted in to Sidewalk, a feature set to launch later this year that the company says will connect Alexa devices to nearby WiFi networks, even those owned by someone else.

Sidewalk uses Alexa devices, including Echo and Ring video doorbells, to create a “shared network” meant to help “devices work better,” Amazon said in an email to device owners. It allows nearby devices to use a portion of a neighbor’s WiFi bandwidth so devices can have more range.

Source: Amazon faces backlash over using Sidewalk for neighborhood networks – Business Insider

Police stream live video from Ring doorbells using third-party tech

A handful of police departments across the US are using software that lets them register the locations of people’s home security cameras including Amazon Ring doorbells and get residents’ permission to stream live video from the cameras.

Amazon distanced itself from the practice, saying that Ring “is not working with any of the companies” making the tech that police are using.

The software is sold by Fusus — a Georgia-based tech firm with no connection to Amazon — that builds dashboards for police departments that combine feeds from public and private security cameras in one place. Fusus also has contracts with police departments in Minnesota, Georgia, California, and Illinois, according to its marketing materials.

Source: Police stream live video from Ring doorbells using third-party tech – Business Insider

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