Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV

Review date: 11/02/2020

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!

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: No

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Amazon does not sell your personal information. Your voice requests are used to train Alexa's speech recognition system

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Needs Improvement

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?

No

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

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

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Yes

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Yes

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.

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Email

No

Twitter

AmazonHelp

Updates

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features
James K. Willcox
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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