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Amazon Echo Show & Spot

Show, don't tell, the saying goes. Amazon took that to heart. Take the helpful smart speaker with Alexa and add video — now these home hubs--one big, one small--can show you things while it talks to you. Show and Spot can show the lyrics to the song you're listening to, weather forecasts, your security cams and baby monitor. You can also make video calls to other people with a Show or Spot. Now you don't just get to wonder if Alexa is listening to you, you get to wonder if she's watching as well.

Can it spy on me

Camera Device: Yes | App: Yes
Microphone Device: Yes | App: Yes
Location Tracking Device: No | App: Yes

What does it know about me

Product uses encryption
Yes

Reading level for privacy policy

College

Privacy policy reading level scores provided by the Usable Privacy Policy Project
Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
Yes
Nearly every company collects some kind of information on its users. That’s how the internet works. It’s how they use and care for this information that matters. You should know whether a company shares or sells your personal information to others and for what reasons. For the purpose of this report Mozilla determined that if according to a company’s privacy policy, it appeared to share data with third parties that could then use that information to market or advertise to customers, then we labeled it as “Shares information with third parties for unexpected reasons.” This does not mean your information is definitely used for these purposes. Simply that the policy leaves the possibility open your information could be used in this way.

Can I control it

If a password is required, you must change the default password
Yes
Automatic security updates
Yes
Deletes data it stores on you
Yes
While we couldn’t find anything in Amazon's privacy policy regarding data deletion, Amazon did reach out to us and confirm users can contact Amazon to delete their data. We hope Amazon will make that information easier for consumers to find in the future.
Has parental controls
Yes

Company shows it cares about its customers

Company manages security vulnerabilities
Yes
Company makes it easy to contact customer support
Phone Number No
Live Chat Yes
Email No
Twitter Yes

What could happen if something went wrong

You could say, "Hey Alexa, call Mom" in your sleep and end up with a cam experience you'd rather not have.

Updates

Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules
Ars Technica
A local judge in New Hampshire ordered Amazon to hand over Echo recordings made the day a Farmington couple was murdered at their home.

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