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Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

Reading a book on a Kindle sends Amazon a lot of data about reading habits. How fast pages are turned, font sizes and views, and device details.

The Kindle sends device information, usage metadata, and details about every interaction with the device (or app) while it’s being used. All of this is linked directly to the reader account.

Opening the app, reading a book, flipping through a few pages, then closing the book sends over 100 requests to Amazon servers.

Full article: Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

Amazon and FedEx Push to Put Delivery Robots on Your Sidewalk

The companies are backing bills in more than a dozen states that would legalize the devices. Some bills would block cities from regulating them at all.

Lawmakers and lobbyists in several states that considered robot delivery bills said representatives for Amazon and FedEx seemed open to discussions and changes in the bills. Scott Mooneyham, of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, contrasts that approach with the early actions of scooter companies, which became notorious for dropping their electric devices on public sidewalks without giving local officials prior warning.

Full article: Amazon and FedEx Push to Put Delivery Robots on Your Sidewalk | WIRED

Check Point researchers uncovered Alexa flaw that exposed personal information and speech histories

Researchers at Check Point say they identified an exploit in Amazon’s Alexa voice platform that could have given attackers access to users’ personal information, speech histories, and Amazon accounts.

In a blog post, they describe the way in which an attack might have been carried out against a user, beginning with a malicious link pointing to a page with code-injection capabilities.

Source: Check Point researchers uncovered Alexa flaw that exposed personal information and speech histories – Report Door

Turkish DPA Fines Amazon Turkey 160,000€

The Board of Turkish Data Protection Authority has imposed a total of 1.200.000 TL (160K €) fine against Amazon Turkey for sending commercial electronic messages to users without their consent, bundling signing up to the services as a prerequisite for providing consent, transferring personal data without obtaining explicit consent of the users and for failing to provide information in accordance with Law and regarding data processing with cookies.

It’s not only a decision to fine a tech giant for the authority but also an opportunity to show his teeth to data controllers about the Authority’s perspective about electronic messaging and cookie use (first of its kind) in Turkey.

Source: Turkish DPA’s landmark Amazon Turkey Ruling

Ring’s work with police lacks solid evidence of reducing crime

Amazon pushes Ring as a crime-fighting tool. Data from three of Ring’s earliest police partnerships doesn’t back up that claim.

The data shows that crime continued to fluctuate, and analysts said that while many factors affect crime rates, such as demographics, median income and weather, Ring’s technology likely wasn’t one of them.

Source: Ring’s work with police lacks solid evidence of reducing crime – CNET

Max Schrems files complaint against Amazon

Max Schrems, head of None Of Your Business (noyb), has announced the not-for-profit organisation is to file a complaint to the German data protection authority over data protection standards at Amazon.

According to the NGO, Amazon is at fault due to a major lapse in data security. Noyb maintains that Amazon is in breach of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) because its email servers, used to support direct communication between third-party sellers on the platform and consumers, do not accommodate baseline industry encryption in some instances.

Source: #Privacy: Max Schrems files complaint against Amazon

EU to police digital assistants

European Union privacy watchdogs are gearing up to police digital assistants after revelations that Amazon.com Inc. workers listened in on people’s conversations with their Alexa digital assistants.

EU regulators are now working on a common approach on how to police the technology. But the move toward common guidelines for digital assistants means companies should avoid fines — for now.

Source: Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Spurs EU-Wide Privacy Safeguards – Bloomberg

Civil rights groups push Congress to probe Amazon on privacy issues

A dozen civil rights groups are banding together in an effort to push federal lawmakers to investigate Amazon over its privacy practices.

Amazon is already under pressure from antitrust investigations, and it’s facing growing scrutiny on the privacy front amid revelations of Ring’s work with police agencies as well as concerns about the company’s Rekognition facial recognition software.

Source: Civil rights groups push Congress to probe Amazon on privacy issues – Axios

Security researchers expose new Alexa and Google Home vulnerability

Security researchers with SRLabs have disclosed a new vulnerability affecting both Google and Amazon smart speakers that could allow hackers to eavesdrop on or even phish unsuspecting users.

By uploading a malicious piece of software disguised as an innocuous Alexa Skill or Google Action, the researchers showed how you can get the smart speakers to silently record users, or even ask them for the password to their Google account. There’s no evidence that this vulnerability has been exploited in the real world, however, and SRLabs disclosed their findings to both Amazon and Google before making them public.

Source: Security researchers expose new Alexa and Google Home vulnerability – The Verge

Amazon is writing facial recognition law

Amazon’s Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the company’s public policy team is working on proposed regulations around facial recognition, a fledgling technology that has drawn criticism of the technology giant’s cloud computing unit.

Critics have pointed to technology from Amazon and others that struggled to identify the gender of individuals with darker skin in recent studies. That has prompted fears of unjust arrests if the technology is used by more law enforcement agencies to identify suspects.

Source: Amazon CEO says company working on facial recognition regulations – Reuters

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