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Amazon wants to see into your bedroom, and that should worry you

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You’re in your bedroom, about to do something private. 

First, make sure you shut the door, close the blinds, oh, and remember to turn off your newly purchased Amazon Echo Look. 

A video camera peering into a bedroom is typically associated with the opening of a horror flick, not the latest cheery announcement from your friendly $300 billion mega corporation. That all changed Wednesday when the Seattle-based online retail giant unveiled the Echo Look

What is the Look? Superficially, it’s a $200 cloud-connected camera that ties in with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. However, the Look’s unique features suggest that the tool could be even more problematic than your standard poorly secured wireless webcamRead more…

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