[iw] - Fwd: Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

Richard Forno rforno at infowarrior.org
Sun May 30 06:55:00 EDT 2021



Typed or dictated into my mobile — but you probably figured that out already. 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Monty Solomon <monty at roscom.com>
> Date: May 29, 2021 at 23:37:35 EDT
> Subject: Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors
> 
> Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors
> 
> Amazon's experiment wireless mesh networking turns users into guinea pigs.
> 
> If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.
> 
> On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.
> 
> By default, Amazon devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will enroll in the system. And since only a tiny fraction of people take the time to change default settings, that means millions of people will be co-opted into the program whether they know anything about it or not. The Amazon webpage linked above says Sidewalk "is currently only available in the US."
> 
> The webpage also states:
> ...
> 
> https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/amazon-devices-will-soon-automatically-share-your-internet-with-neighbors/
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