Cause For Concern? Google And Amazon Want A Continuous Stream Of Data From Your Smart Home Devices.
Both Amazon and Google collect data every time customers use their smart speakers. They are now asking other smart home manufacturers like Logitech and Hunter Fan Co. to share continuous streams of information with them.
In other words, after you connect a light fixture to Alexa, Amazon wants to know every time the light is turned on or off, regardless of whether you asked Alexa to toggle the switch.
As simple as this may sound, it could provide the company with rich data for their marketing. It is very easy to figure out a household’s behavior based on their patterns. Smart speakers are growing swiftly, led by Google Home and Amazon’s Echo devices. While both have had issues with privacy of voice commands, they are still working to harvest personal data.
Instead of which channel the user is watching, Logitech is reporting on the broader behavior of the user watching television. Amazon refused to answer to how long does the company stores these data while Google did not comment on their implementation of status updates.
Many users and potential customers are of the opinion that both companies should be more transparent about their privacy policies. Although both of them give the users an option to delete data, there does not seem to be a way to stop it from collecting it.
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