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.
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…