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Amazon acquires iRobot – brings us closer to the death of privacy

“Amazon is acquiring a maker of automated cleaning machines — and with it, enough data to map out the layout of your entire home.” Credit: MSNBC / Getty Images

Another Amazon acquisition brings us closer to the death of privacy

It is always a mistake to give up our privacy in exchange for convenience.

From MSNBC

“Amazon announced its plans to acquire iRobot, maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuums, just weeks after the company announced it was acquiring One Medical, a tech-forward concierge medical company.

“With the acquisition of companies that provide personal services, such as medical or in-home cleaning devices, for example, Amazon stands to obtain massive amounts of personal data, a valuable commodity in today’s climate. The scary part is that our current laws do not protect us from the compounded privacy risks that arise when corporate behemoths own so much of our personal information.”

Amazon has shared consumer Ring video footage with law enforcement without user permission at least 11 times so far this year.

“Current privacy laws do not fully protect our privacy rights, especially at a time when tech giants like Amazon, Meta, and Alphabet are buying up all our data.”

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Posted by Steve on August 20, 2022 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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