Will Amazon screw up Eero?

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I have previously written about Eero WiFi routers and how they resolved my WiFi problems. Eero eliminates WiFi dead zones and gives me control over who is using my WiFi network and when they are using it.

This week Eero is in the news. Amazon is acquiring Eero, and given some of Amazon’s business practices, I am not sure it is a good thing, at least not for consumers.

Amazon says they are not planning to change Eero’s privacy policy “at this time.” To me, that statement implies that they will change it in the future, and I highly doubt their changes will benefit consumers. Instead, Amazon is likely to integrate data from Eero with all the other data they have, further eroding consumer privacy.

Users of Amazon’s Alexa have already suffered from a host of privacy concerns, including recording of conversations and tracking consumer behavior. Amazon, like many other companies, has also lost control of customer data.

I hope I’m not the next victim.

 

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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