Smart Device Makers Are Pushing Back As Amazon And Google Request A Continuous Stream Of Consumer Data
As Google and Amazon work to dominate the smart home market, they are increasing the amount of data they need about the users. In the last years, the company collected data every time the users turned on a switch or a light. Now, they are asking smart home device manufacturers to send them a continuous stream of information.
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.
The company says that one can learn a lot by monitoring the household based on their patterns.
Guidelines by Google and Amazon don’t clearly define limits on what they can do with the information they gather. They, however, claim that they collect it so that it will help them learn how to make it easier for people to manage their connected devices. Smart speakers are one of the fastest growing categories.
Logitech sends information about the user’s current activity rather than include the specifics. Some are of the opinion that Google and Amazon should be more transparent about their privacy policies. Neither of them has an option that lets the user stop data collection from their devices.
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