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Amazon Wants To Help You Buy A House - Smart Home Technology

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Would you equip your house with listening/watching smart devices?

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Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:59 pm

Amazon is involved in a new collaboration called Turnkey. With 5 real estate turnkey-approved companies Amazon is providing $5,000 in Amazon credits which includes free smart home products like the Echo Dot and the Ring Doorbell Camera. I read that police networks have "partnerships" with Ring... we know where could be going...


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Theoretically, the government can request evidence from a smart home device in any criminal investigation -- arson, auto theft, larceny and more. It’s especially true when it comes to placing someone in any given location, whether to corroborate or disprove an alibi. If you say you weren’t at home one evening, but stored recordings suggest you were in your living room telling Alexa to “please order pizza,” you’ll likely have some questions to answer.
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322896



I wouldn't feel comfortable having any device listening to me, probably 24/7. Will this data be sold elsewhere? I believe that this data could be compromised and used for unknown purposes.

It's a no from me. Never.



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Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:13 pm

All these different brand smart speakers out there are marketed as "helpful" assistants. I believe that in reality they're most likely learning about you, your personal life and habits such as

- When there's activity in the house (imagine if robbers got this information)
- Listening to private discussions and phone calls (imagine if payment card details were overheard)
- Your interests (probably for advertising)
- Your moods
- Your health
- Your opinions (algorithms for this)
- Private discussions
- Listening in on family members - possibly determining if toddlers are home... creepy

How do you not know that other people are listening live on the other end?

My vote is no.


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Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:38 pm

noooooooooooo that's scary

As if id have a device connected to the internet listening in on me.


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Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:57 pm

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Well apparently it gets worse this article on Bloomberg says Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa.

"Amazon.com Inc. employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands."


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Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:15 pm

I couldn't handle that in my home.


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Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:44 pm

I'm supervised all day at work. Why tf would I want to be monitored at home as well? Who on the face of this earth would go out of their way to install this in their house?



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technom wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:13 pm
All these different brand smart speakers out there are marketed as "helpful" assistants. I believe that in reality they're most likely learning about you, your personal life and habits such as

- When there's activity in the house (imagine if robbers got this information)
- Listening to private discussions and phone calls (imagine if payment card details were overheard)
- Your interests (probably for advertising)
- Your moods
- Your health
- Your opinions (algorithms for this)
- Private discussions
- Listening in on family members - possibly determining if toddlers are home... creepy

How do you not know that other people are listening live on the other end?

My vote is no.
Yep.


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Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:21 pm

It's good for lonely people


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Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:32 am

Sounds good, especially when they would work with the police. However, I am not much interested its Amazon's partnership with any real estate company because I only want more improved products from Amazon. Though there are many benefits of smart homes like they are making your work easier and you can disclose its more benefits. Likewise, you can read smart homes article by AvidTeck that tells how smart homes are increasing productivity but I have only concerns about privacy.

In my opinion, smart hub product sellers must give the guarantee of privacy, especially they should make the users' ensure that their data wouldn't be misused or mishandled. Hopefully, Amazon will take these things seriously.

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ShantelNordlund wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:32 am
Sounds good, especially when they would work with the police. However, I am not much interested its Amazon's partnership with any real estate company because I only want more improved products from Amazon. Though there are many benefits of smart homes like they are making your work easier and you can disclose its more benefits. Likewise, you can read smart homes article by AvidTeck that tells how smart homes are increasing productivity but I have only concerns about privacy.

In my opinion, smart hub product sellers must give the guarantee of privacy, especially they should make the users' ensure that their data wouldn't be misused or mishandled. Hopefully, Amazon will take these things seriously.

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Hi Shantel,

There's legitimate concern surrounding smart home speakers - primarily regarding the data being compromised by the unauthorized. For example, there's a recent article showing how smart home speakers can be theoretically compromised by lasers - and this is just the beginning.

"Opening the garage door was easy, the researchers said. With the light commands, the researchers could have hijacked any digital smart systems attached to the voice-controlled assistants.

They said they could have easily switched light switches on and off, made online purchases or opened a front door protected by a smart lock. They even could have remotely unlocked or started a car that was connected to the device."


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/tech ... -hack.html

I wouldn't own one for many reasons. There's the possibility of a speaker glitching by emailing or calling someone who may be listening at the other end.

The consumer is placing faith into systems implemented by companies to securely contain their data against wrongdoers. It's "convenience" at a risk of major inconvenience.


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