New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers

New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers By MassPrivateI For those of you who miss the good old days when government spies used to bug people’s homes, I give you “Amazon Experience Centers”: new homes pre-equipped with a mind-boggling array of listening devices. Amazon’s ‘Experience Centers’ tagline, “Try smart home devices in person and see how Amazon can simplify your everyday” is less about simplification and more about home surveillance. As NPR notes, builders like Lennar Homes have pre-installed Amazon smart devices in at least 45,000 new…

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Amazon Alexa Could Be Used To Prosecute Case In Florida — But Is There Probable Cause?

Amazon Alexa Could Be Used To Prosecute Case In Florida — But Is There Probable Cause? By Aaron Kesel Police in Florida are investigating whether Alexa can be a witness to a possible murder and are attempting to use the smart device for its knowledge on the death. In July, Sylvia Galva Crespo, 32, was killed by a spear to the chest at home in her Hallandale Beach, Florida, north of Miami, in which her husband, Adam Crespo, 43, stated was a mysterious accident. Police believe that the smart device…

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Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals

Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals By John Vibes Police and government agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on facial recognition software to hunt for suspects, despite the fact that this technology is notorious for falsely identifying innocent people as criminals. In one of the most recent cases, Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely identified 27 different professional athletes as criminals. While it may be true that professional football players have been known to get in trouble from time to time, this is obviously a failure of the…

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Surveillance Partners: Amazon Ring and Police Departments

Surveillance Partners: Amazon Ring and Police Departments By Michael Boldin The company has partnered with 400-500 departments – and provides direct access to surveillance footage through a special “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. So far, police are requesting permission from owners – but how long will that last?  SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells Doorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400…

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Amazon Is Becoming One Of America’s Biggest Military Giants

Amazon Is Becoming One Of America’s Biggest Military Giants By Aaron Kesel Amazon is on its way to becoming one of the U.S. military’s biggest security giants, with a pending $10bn JEDI cloud computing deal that the company could win, MIT Technology Review reported. In August the Pentagon halted the controversial contract deal, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), an initiative to “aggressively accelerate the Department’s adoption of cloud architecture and services, with a focus on commercial solutions.” The deal was stopped and is now under investigation by Secretary…

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Amazon Workers Protest After Woman Fired for Spending Extra Hour With Dying Relative

Amazon Workers Protest After Woman Fired for Spending Extra Hour With Dying Relative By John Vibes Employees of an Amazon delivery location in Sacramento, California are protesting the company’s decision to fire a worker who missed an hour of work for a bedside vigil with her dying mother-in-law, even though she communicated with her managers and gave them advanced notice. Last week, other workers at the Sacramento delivery location organized to present their supervisors with a petition challenging the decision. The employee, who was identified only as “Sandra,” was fired…

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Forget Facial Recognition: DHS’ New Database, HART, Also Uses Scars, Tattoos, and Your VOICE to ID You. And Amazon Is Storing All the Data.

Forget Facial Recognition: DHS’ New Database, HART, Also Uses Scars, Tattoos, and Your VOICE to ID You. And Amazon Is Storing All the Data. By Daisy Luther These days, you can’t really go anywhere without encountering cameras.  Going into a store? Chances are there are security cameras. Getting money at an ATM? More cameras. Driving through the streets of a city? More cameras still. Your neighbors may have those doorbells from Amazon that are surveilling the entire neighborhood. And many of these cameras are tied into facial recognition databases, or…

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FaceFirst and Amazon Want To Influence Facial Recognition Laws; Motorola Joins The Push For A Surveillance State

FaceFirst and Amazon Want To Influence Facial Recognition Laws; Motorola Joins The Push For A Surveillance State By Aaron Kesel FaceFirst is another company with something to lose if facial recognition regulation bans the technology. They have now entered the lobbying ring to attempt to influence laws for the Orwellian biometric technology. FaceFirst writes in a press release: FaceFirst is partnering with congressional lawmakers to influence future facial recognition privacy regulations.  (Los Angeles) FaceFirst, the leading U.S. computer vision company, announced today that they are working closely with D.C. lawmakers…

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Amazon to Install Microphones Into Rings and Glasses — They Aren’t Even The First

Amazon to Install Microphones Into Rings and Glasses — They Aren’t Even The First By B.N. Frank Wearable tech has become very common and oh so fashionable.  But like all wireless “smart” devices, these products also collect personal data on owners 24/7.  Many companies analyze this personal data so they can try to sell more products to these customers.  Sometimes they sell the data to 3rd parties to do God knows what with.  This is referred to as “Surveillance Capitalism.” Even if you don’t care about your privacy, these devices…

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URGENT Sign On to STOP Industrial Tree Plantations & Violence in Brazil by 19 Sept

URGENT Sign On to STOP Industrial Tree Plantations & Violence in Brazil by 19 Sept September 21st is the International Day Against Tree Plantations (Sign on by 19 September!) Sign your group onto the letter denouncing tree plantations to the IUFRO World Congress (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) World Rainforest Movement, which… Read More Global Justice Ecology Project Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.

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