Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

New reporting alleges that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos‘ phone through WhatsApp. The report raises renewed concern about top White House aide Jared Kushner’s reported WhatsApp communications with bin Salman.

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

In an interview at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s top hardware executive said he’s proud of the program, believes the partnerships with police departments are good for neighborhoods, and hinted at a future in which Ring cameras could use Amazon’s facial recognition technology—a scenario that some of Ring’s critics have already expressed concerns about.

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

The technology was in the news in 2017 when Vizio got in trouble with federal and state regulators for collecting such data without users’ knowledge or consent.Here, Consumer Reports shows you how to turn off data collection for the following TVs: Amazon Fire TV Edition, LG, Roku, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.

Ring and Amazon get slammed with a federal lawsuit that claims the companies failed to secure cameras against hackers

Ring and Amazon get slammed with a federal lawsuit that claims the companies failed to secure cameras against hackers

The lawsuit alleges that, as a manufacturer of security products, Ring failed to meet its „most basic obligation by not ensuring its Wi-Fi enabled cameras were protected against cyber-attack.“ It also argues that Ring and Amazon sought to avoid responsibility by blaming users for not implementing proper security measures despite knowing the risks of not requiring things like two-factor authentication.

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

However, there are plenty of people on campus who see a dark side.“When it comes to deploying listening devices where sensitive conversations occur, we simply have no idea what long-term effect having conversations recorded and kept by Amazon might have on their futures—even, quite possibly, on their health and well-being,” says Russell Newman, an Emerson professor who researches the political economy of communication and communications policy.

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We buy DNA tests from 23AndMe that could one day end up in a police database, we buy Amazon Echo and smartphone technology used to target us with ads, and, increasingly, we are buying Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras that are being used to watch ourselves and our neighbors, create a warrantless police surveillance apparatus, and serve as an attack surface that can allow hackers to enter our homes.

No, GDPR Can’t Be Blamed For Everything

No, GDPR Can’t Be Blamed For Everything

You’ve probably already opened the original article so I’ll just list the mentioned issues and explain why it’s not a GDPR problem per se.“Amazon sent 1,700 Alexa voice recordings to the wrong user following data request” — the allusion here is that GDPR is bad because it forced a company to make a mistake.

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Included in re:Invent's attendee badges was a small device acting as a Bluetooth beacon, which allowed AWS to track people as they moved from room to room.AWS confirmed to Motherboard this was the company behind the beacons, and added that attendees could opt-out if they wanted to.

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

The Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the so-called "cloud acceleration" feature is an opt-out service that all Kindle Fire users are automatically enrolled in by default.

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

For example, AiFi works in the same way as Amazon Go, but is designed to scale: the company claims its Autonomous Store Platform can track up to 500 people, and tens of thousands of products.

Amazon and Google Are Practically Giving Away Smart Speakers. Here’s Why.

Amazon and Google Are Practically Giving Away Smart Speakers. Here’s Why.

Credit: NurPhoto/Getty ImagesThis holiday season, both Amazon and Google are selling their smart speakers for so little that they’re basically giving them away, or in some cases, partnering with other companies to actually give them away.

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

Call centre workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex.Call-centre workers for companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google are hired to check recordings made by voice assistants including Alexa and Siri for accuracy and helpfulness.

Amazon India halts ‘search-seeding’

Amazon India halts ‘search-seeding’

“We were provided with search word-based analytics on the platform about twice a month, which helps sellers using those keywords to appear on top results,” the merchant said.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Amazon's integration of AVS into AWS IoT Core should lead to a rapid jump in the number of Alexa-powered consumer IoT devices.

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Fifteen civil rights groups launched a major campaign on Monday calling on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil liberties, particularly through partnerships with law enforcement.

Website Calls for Investigation of Ring, Gets Blocked by Facebook

Website Calls for Investigation of Ring, Gets Blocked by Facebook

A leading digital rights organization on Tuesday said that Facebook was actively blocking its users from sharing a link to a web page critical of Amazon that labels its internet-connected home security products—namely, Ring doorbell cameras—a threat to “privacy, civil liberties, and security”.

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

WASHINGTON - Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Apple redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

Apple redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

Apple has tried to market its dedication to privacy, comparing itself favorably to competitors that include Amazon ( AMZN ) , ( FB ) and Google ( GOOGL ) , which make money by packaging and selling personal information about the people who use their services.

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Bitdefender–the tireless actuary of the Internet of Things–were able to crack into homeowner’s personal WiFi networks via Amazon’s Ring doorbells, the video-enabled auto-locks that allow homeowners to remotely open the door.Balan told us that the vulnerability was discovered following a request from PCMag to look into the device and that it’s now been patched.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance.

Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life

Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life

From a software perspective, these abilities will require Alexa to use new methods for processing and understanding all the disparate sources of information.This level of prediction and reasoning will also need to account for video data as more and more Alexa-compatible products include cameras.

Don’t Be Evil review – how the tech giants have become too big to fail

Don’t Be Evil review – how the tech giants have become too big to fail

The beginning of wisdom in this matter is to realise that Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Uber et al are just very large corporations that do what corporations have done from time immemorial – exploit resources in order to generate profit.

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

One company that we know is working with the government on facial recognition software is none other than Amazon .For the last few years, Amazon has been piloting its Rekognition facial recognition software to schools and local law enforcement across the country.

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

But police believe the Amazon Echo smart speaker devices in the home, known as Alexa because of the common “wake” word used to activate them, may have heard and recorded something relevant during the fatal altercation when the couple argued after a night out, the Sun Sentinel reported.

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a new campaign calling on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance-based business practices, and the rapidly spreading partnerships between it’s doorbell camera company, Ring and local law enforcement.

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

In a book slated for publication Oct. 29, retired Navy commander Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speech writer to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said Trump called Mattis and directed him to “screw Amazon” by preventing it from bidding on the JEDI contract, according to an excerpt of the book seen by Reuters ahead of its release.

Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Amazon’s home security company Ring tracked how its users responded to law enforcement requests for surveillance footage captured by Ring devices, and it provided overviews of that data to police departments upon request.

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