New ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ Technology Has Some Users Concerned About Privacy – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Amazon launched new technology Tuesday that the company says will enhance the performance of some devices, but it also uses the Wi-Fi within millions of American homes, and that has some privacy advocates concerned.

People in New York City who own certain Alexa-enabled Echo devices or Ring cameras were surprised to learn Amazon is now using their internet connection to create a new network called Amazon Sidewalk.

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CBS News reports the new service takes a small sliver of Wi-Fi at homes with certain Amazon products to create a shared network within neighborhoods.

It allows devices with spotty Wi-Fi to stay connected.

“So, for example, if your neighbor has a Ring doorbell and you have a Ring doorbell and your neighbor loses his internet service, his Ring doorbell will borrow the signal from your Ring doorbell,” said Alex Yakubov, senior…

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