Amazon Fire TV
Review date: Nov. 2, 2020
Mozilla researched 0 hours
People voted: Somewhat creepy
If you are a lover of all things Amazon Prime--video, music, free shipping--these could be the streaming sticks for you. Stream your Prime video and audio as well as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and more. Alexa controls everything by voice while ordering you a pizza for that binge-watching session. Here's to taking couch potato to the next level.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
It's Amazon, so you know they are probably tracking your every move and Alexa request to try and sell you more stuff. So, they could learn all the shows you like to watch and start targeting you with ads for all the product placement products in those TV shows. Those Reeses Cup ads won't go away no matter how hard you try, completely ruining your diet. Now you'll never lose weight! And if you want Amazon to stop trying to sell you more stuff, the only way to be absolutely sure all your data is deleted is to delete your Amazon account completely. Good luck with that!
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What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name, email, phone number, address
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
In October, 2020, Amazon fired an employee for leaking customer email addresses to an unnamed third party. In November, 2018, Amazon suffered a data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its webpage.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Amazon has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://hackerone.com/amazonvrp Security researchers can report a vulnerability here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201909140
Amazon Alexa utilizes AI and natural language understanding (NLU) to understand what people are saying and to respond to requests. More information can be found at the Alexa FAQ and the Amazon Science webpage.
Is this AI untrustworthy?
What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?
Is the company transparent about how the AI works?
Does the user have control over the AI features?
How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features
Your TV may know—and share—a lot of information about you. That’s what CR has found repeatedly in recent years, including during a 2018 analysis of privacy and security in smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL (which uses the Roku TV smart TV platform), and Vizio.
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