Reviewed September 30th, 2020
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Amazon Fire TV

Amazon.com, Inc.
5/10

Summary

Amazon Fire TV is a streaming device that gives you access to platforms such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Disney+, and more. The remote control comes with Alexa which can be used to control your entire system by voice. The Fire TV can be purchased for $39.99-$49.99 depending on the model.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

February 2020


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.

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 can learn all the shows you like to watch and begin targeting you with ads pertaining to this data. Be aware that this is a risk when purchasing this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Amazon can use data about your viewing habits to create targeted, interest-based ads.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Inexpensive.
  • Fast response time and video quality.
  • Works well with third party devices such as soundbars and AV receivers.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Ad privacy concerns.
  • User interface mainly promotes Amazon and partner content.

Final Thoughts


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.

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