Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show is a home hub that allows you to interact with Alexa, use the internet, control security cameras, perform video calls, and more. The device can be purchased for $229.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
A large database containing millions of European customer records was found unsecured on Amazon Web Services on February 3, 2020. Information from several companies was found on this database, such as Amazon, eBay, Shopify, PayPal, and Stripe. Leaked personal information could include name, shipping address, email, phone number, items purchased, payment history, and partially redacted credit cards.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Amazon collects and may review voice data from interactions with Alexa, meaning someone could be listening to your private conversations unless you opt out of human review. Amazon also uses device data to target users with personalized ads. Be aware of these risks should you choose to purchase this product.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Voice requests are used to improve Alexa's speech recognition system, and Amazon may use device data to target users with customized ads. Amazon claims it does not otherwise sell, share, or rent personal data.
- Competent smart home hub.
- Improved audio.
- Privacy concerns.
- Very bass-heavy audio.
- Video calling is limited.
Amazon notoriously collects a large amount of data on its users and uses it to target them with interest-based ads. Amazon was also included in a data breach that exposed information from several million European Amazon accounts. As a result, personal information seems to be at serious risk when provided to Amazon.