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18 July 2022

Amazon, the online retail giant, has confirmed handing over Ring doorbell camera footage to law enforcement at least eleven times so far this year without a search warrant or the knowledge of the owner, according to a disclosure shared by U.S. Senator Ed Markey on Wednesday.

 

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03 December 2020

Amazon plans to sell companies a way to detect when staff are not wearing face masks or socially distancing.

Beyond the pandemic, the system could also be used to track compliance of other workplace rules or to monitor the public - for example, to check the number of customers queuing in a store.

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07 January 2020

Earlier that summer, the information technology department at SLU had installed about 2,300 of the smart speakers—one for each of the university’s residence hall rooms, making the school the first in the country to do so. Each device was pre-programmed with answers to about 130 SLU-specific questions, ranging from library hours to the location of the registrar’s office (the school dubbed this “AskSLU”). The devices also included the basic voice “skills” available on other Dots, including alarms and reminders, general information, and the ability to stream music.

 

So, why are people concerned?

 

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