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Split It’s hard to understand why anyone was surprised when Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president of public policy, recently expressed his surprise admitted to sharing data with the police.
In case you missed it, Huseman told US Senator Edward Markey that Amazon is telling owners of its ring doorbell and televisual surveillance system that footage from their highly connected internet cameras will not be shared with authorities without their express permission. You can guess the rest: Amazon sometimes shares videos without permission.
You can almost imagine the rictus smile that accompanied this uncomfortable acknowledgment that Amazon’s promise of total privacy meant nothing at all. At that moment, every Ring doorbell – there are millions of them around the world – was revealed to be a televisor sending signals back to Big Brother.
Or at least that was the moment it became obvious. Anyone who really believed that wiring their doorbell to the largest provider of cloud infrastructure on earth wouldn’t end up like this hasn’t looked at how we’re all being watched. A woman quit her job because she stepped away from the computer to make lunch. Students taking exams under the watchful eye of a webcam. and soon.
Our panicked rush to remote work led directly to a ubiquitous adoption of video conferencing, live streaming, and online conferencing. It all felt like a break from the old ways – a change as good as a holiday – until it became clear that this cottage looks a lot like Bentham’s panopticon: where the prisoners cannot see each other, but all can be seen by the ever-vigilant guard.
Maybe it’s not all bad? A world of pervasive scrutiny by invisible authorities with the power to judge, condemn, and enforce their judgments without appeal, or even make themselves visible to the accused—perhaps it is all just a source of endless comedy?
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That’s clearly what Amazon believes. She recently announced that Launch of its MGM brand series, “Ring Nation” – a light-hearted look at some of the funniest footage collected by Amazon’s vast spy network. According to the Hollywood Insider website meeting“The series will include clips such as saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military meetings and silly animals.”
This announcement, made just weeks after Amazon’s admission that Ring footage was leaked to law enforcement without a warrant, reads simultaneously as both a failure to read the room and the ultimate troll. “See what we’ve done here? We turned around Nineteen eighty-fourEnter room 101 The Benny Hill Show!”
In this case, I’m confident that Amazon correctly obtained legal permissions from the people who shot and recorded this “found” footage. Civil liberties be damned – but copyright must never be violated!
All of this points to an immediate need for strong legal protections to fence off any footage from any sensor, anywhere, to allow the flow of data from that sensor used only in the manner and for the purposes determined by its owner. Under no circumstances should a sensor be able to “go rogue” and reveal anything about its owner beyond what that owner would voluntarily – and explicitly – disclose. Otherwise, we will be mired in a world where our thoughts and actions are so constantly under scrutiny that we censor ourselves and fully submit to any project proposed by a power greater than ourselves.
The thin end of this wedge looks like a light-hearted TV series. But if we don’t fence off the ring of the Amazon immediately, we will very soon be standing up non-stop for a power we cannot see. This latest stage of surveillance capitalism feels totalitarian – not yet looks like entertainment. ®
https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/24/amazon_ring_surveillance/ Amazon packages surveillance as comic reality television • The Register
Amazon packages surveillance as comic reality television • The Register – World Time Todays
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