Reviewed October 2nd, 2020
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Amazon Echo Smart Speaker

Amazon.com, Inc.
3/10

Summary

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that allows you to play music, control lights, make phone calls, search the internet, and more all within one voice-controlled device. The speaker can be purchased for $49.99 to $199.99 depending on the model.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

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 you with marketing and customized ads. Be aware of these risks should you choose to purchase this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Voice requests are used to train Alexa's speech recognition, and Amazon may use device data to target you with customized marketing and targeted ads. Amazon claims it does not sell, share or rent personal data otherwise without your consent.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Improved sound quality.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Privacy concerns.
  • Midrange sound could be better.
  • Nothing new other than upgraded speakers.
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