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Got Amazon Alexa? Amazon employees can 'easily' discover your home address

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If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

[Source: Gizmodo]

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Well, we’ve got some more bad news about the always-on microphone that we’ve all invited into our homes. Employees at Amazon can “easily” discover any user’s home address.

 

Boomerang news reports in this article after talking with some Amazon Employees who are unnamed:

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Anytime someone is collecting where you are, that means it could go to someone else who could find you when you don’t want to be found,

Later Amazon responded saying -

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access to internal tools is highly controlled, and is only granted to a limited number of employees who require these tools to train and improve the service by processing an extremely small sample of interactions. Our policies strictly prohibit employee access to or use of customer data for any other reason, and we have a zero tolerance policy for abuse of our systems. We regularly audit employee access to internal tools and limit access whenever and wherever possible

 

(Source link::https://gizmodo.com/if-you-care-about-privacy-throw-your-amazon-alexa-devi-1834277824?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-24/amazon-s-alexa-reviewers-can-access-customers-home-addresses)


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This topic.

 

Hey you put Alexa in your house

You expected Privacy

 

You....stahp.  Just stahp.  You already knew or didn't care about your privacy.


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6 minutes ago, PatXioPC said:

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

Uhhhhhhhhhh


English not good. You should take what I say with a grain of salt

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This is the reason why I don't have any smart home devices. I never liked the idea of smart home devices constantly listening out for their activation key word.

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The US government and police are likely recording data from those things all the time - with Amazon knowing about it and facilitating it.

 

Amazon won't say if it hands your Echo data to the government

 

Same with tons of, or all, other IoT devices. That's what they're all about for the companies that make them: Harvesting and selling user data. And the US government wants all the personal data on people that exists.

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The Tech enthusiast has all the newest stuff and a full on smart home.

The programmer's newest piece of tech is a printer from 2003, with a loaded handgun nearby, so that he can shoot said printer if it starts makeing weird noises...

 

I don't trust any device I didn't set up myself, all my smart home devices are raspberry pi's with open source programs running on them


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So is the rest probably

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29 minutes ago, PatXioPC said:

What about sea pollution man ?


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I didn't realize this. This is why i keep it unplugged and use my PC and spotify to play music and connect the PC to speakers.

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1 hour ago, Arika S said:

sorry i have to point something out here.

 

YOU GIVE YOUR ADDRESS TO AMAZON TO SHIP SHIT TO YOU.

 

 

I don't. II have a separate shipping address. I don't give out my home address.


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6 minutes ago, Lady Fitzgerald said:

I don't. II have a separate shipping address. I don't give out my home address.

Too bad your utility company doesn't have that same level of concern for your address. 


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12 minutes ago, Lady Fitzgerald said:

I don't. II have a separate shipping address. I don't give out my home address.

 

5 minutes ago, 79wjd said:

Too bad your utility company doesn't have that same level of concern for your address. 

What does my utility company have to do with Amazon getting or not getting my home address?


Jeannie

 

As long as anyone is oppressed, no one will be safe and free.

One has to be proactive, not reactive, to ensure the safety of one's data so backup your data! And RAID is NOT a backup!

 

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mailing addresses have always been sold how is this any different lol

they have your name they can find out your address many other ways

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1 hour ago, Lady Fitzgerald said:

 

What does my utility company have to do with Amazon getting or not getting my home address?

The fact that the vast majority of utility companies were recently (re)discovered to not keep any of your information secured to any reasonable level and this your address is basically public knowledge for anyone interested.


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29 minutes ago, 79wjd said:

The fact that the vast majority of utility companies were recently (re)discovered to not keep any of your information secured to any reasonable level and this your address is basically public knowledge for anyone interested.

With the exception of my ISP, I don't have any utilities per say. I pay for my electricity, water, gas, sewage, and trash pickup through the mobile home court I live in. My telephone is cellular and is listed with my shipping address.


Jeannie

 

As long as anyone is oppressed, no one will be safe and free.

One has to be proactive, not reactive, to ensure the safety of one's data so backup your data! And RAID is NOT a backup!

 

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2 hours ago, Mr. horse said:

One used to be able to use a different billing address to get around sales tax online.

But yeah not a bad idea not using your home address on a site like amazon.

For the record, I'm not using a different billing/shipping address(both are the same address for me) to get around paying a sales tax. I use a separate billing address for pretty much everything both to have packages delivered to a secure location until I can pick them up to avoid thefts from porch pirates and to protect my privacy when traveling. I do not want my home address being disclosed to a hotel/motel clerk or out of State sales clerk since it would inform them of an address that is mostly vacant for a certain period of time, information that would be valuable to thieves.

 

The same is true for my phone number most of the time. I rarely give out my true phone numbers. The businesses that think they just have to have my home phone number when they do not, such as online vendors and for store rewards or discount cards, get an old phone number I still "own" but no longer use (long story but having it saves me money on my ISP bill) with the exchange replaced with 555 (the exchange is the three numbers between the area code and the last four numbers). Anyone stupid enough to try to dial that number gets redirected to directory assistance. This has dramatically reduced the number of scam and spam calls I used to get.


Jeannie

 

As long as anyone is oppressed, no one will be safe and free.

One has to be proactive, not reactive, to ensure the safety of one's data so backup your data! And RAID is NOT a backup!

 

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Amazon employees can 'easily' discover your home address

well yea, amazon knows the home address to almost every one of its customers. kinda how their business works. Not to mention name and addresses are public record.

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if you care about privacy, abandon your life of technology and become an amish.

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Absolutely frightening! I'd hate to have my address being accessible to some wrongdoer!

 

-proceeds to continue linking multiple online accounts to home address, phone number, social security #, credit ca-


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