America's Federal Trade Commission has made Amazon a case study for every cautionary tale about how sloppily designed internet-of-things devices and associated services represent a risk to privacy – and made the cost of those actions, as alleged, a mere $30.8 million.
The regulator on Wednesday charged, via the US Dept of Justice, two Amazon outfits with various privacy snafus.
The e-tail giant’s Ring home security cam subsidiary was accused of “compromising its customers’ privacy by allowing any employee or contractor to access consumers’ private videos and by failing to implement basic privacy and security protections, enabling hackers to take control of consumers’ accounts, cameras, and videos.”
This report is absolutely damning. Ring employees accessed thousands of videos - the report goes into detail about one employee looking at "Master Bedroom" camera videos of dozens of "pretty girls".
If you have any hesitation at all about unplugging (especially) internal house cameras, read the whole link. You'll want to take a shower afterwards.
And Ring cameras in your bedroom?
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The report discusses how Amazon employees listened in on customers' children and retained the recordings in violation of the law. Good grief.
My recommendation is to ditch all this spyware ASAP. Ugh.