Amazon Echo Smart Speaker
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.
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 you with marketing and customized ads. Be aware of these risks should you choose to purchase this product.
How Does It Share Your Data?
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.
- Improved sound quality.
- Privacy concerns.
- Midrange sound could be better.
- Nothing new other than upgraded speakers.
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.