Imagine a poorly working surveillance camera in your household that follows you and constantly tracks everything you do. Sounds terrible, right? It seems that Amazon wants to sell you another privacy nightmare.
Amazon Astro is Amazon’s upcoming household robot that tracks people in your house and performs home monitoring tasks and other helper duties. It patrols your premises, tracks your behavior patterns, and uses facial recognition to identify household members. Users control the robot from a special application that will alert them if something unusual happens.
For example, it can follow a stranger who visits you or react to unusual sounds such as fire alarms. It further investigates any suspicious activity and sends the owner a video recording of what’s happening in their home. You can also monitor your house remotely and even communicate and help your household members when you’re not around.
To navigate your premises, Astro needs a detailed map of your home, so it stores it in its systems. It can also be synced with the Ring doorbell, another dodgy Amazon gadget.
Considering Amazon’s poor reputation when it comes to privacy, this device doesn’t sound good even on paper. The cybersecurity community has already shown their concern, as leaked Amazon documents suggest many security flaws. Here are some of the issues:
Here are some tips on how to minimize the potential threats:
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