Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants.

By B.N. Frank | Activist Post

More creepy “Surveillance Capitalism” courtesy of Amazon who isn’t hiding that it is putting millions of smart speakers in homes and hotels by “offering discounted hardware, customized software and new ways for property managers to harvest and use data.”

Are there actually people willing to pay for this type of arrangement?

From the Wall Street Journal, “Amazon’s Plan to Move In to Your Next Apartment Before You Do.”

For Amazon, the appeal is obvious: Adding millions of new users to its services and gaining access to data like their voice-based wish lists and Alexa-powered shopping habits will put it further ahead of the competition which, at the moment, doesn’t have a significant presence in rental properties and new-home construction.

‘We can predict if residents are happy based on their digital interactions.’

Here’s what they have to say about privacy:

And there’s a question of privacy: Renters, home buyers and hotel guests are all surrendering more data as a result of these innovations, and may not be aware of all the parties monitoring their smart-home interactions.

Consenting to this data-surrending may be hidden somewhere in the contract’s fine print that most don’t read or don’t understand.

According to the article, Google is also interested in doing this kind of thing in homes too.  Why the heck not, right?

In the meantime, Amazon is also planning to “push” its surveillance and data collection devices in other places too – including public places […]

via Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants. — A Sweet Dose of Reality | The Mad Truther

5 thoughts on “Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants.

  1. Pingback: Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants. | canisgallicus

  2. Trace, I think a lot of us are going to become more tech savvy in order to dismantle these devices. And to cross out paragraphs in contracts we don’t agree with – which is perfectly legal.

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  3. Since recording people in places in which they have an expectation of privacy is illegal, Bezos must be sure that he is above the law!!!

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