Amazon defends the US First Amendment

From Jack Kocsis at Daily Caller,

Amazon has really proved itself as a hero in recent months. First, it stood with Ivanka Trump by refusing to cave to liberal demands to stop selling her products. Now, as the government demands it give up user privacy data contained on its popular Alexa devices, it has remained firm.

The Amazon Echo is one of the most popular tech devices on the planet, as it asks as a sort of home assistant willing to help with tasks as diverse as playing music, keeping grocery lists and ordering pizza. In listening to these requests, the Echo hears a lot of conversations that take place in each household. The government wants its hands on these conversations, but in a recent legal filing reported by Forbes, Amazon has put its foot down: More.

Reality check: The real temptation is to give up being a private company in exchange for a cushy role as mass distributor of government-approved goods. In exchange for being part of the bureaucracy that amasses big data on private citizens. Just think, every stock picker becomes a bureaucrat.

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  • tom_billesley

    O/T
    What should be investigated as a “hate crime”?
    Writing “shame” on a banner advertising an LGBTQ festival, apparently.
    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/hate-crime-probe-after-banner-promoting-lgbtq-festival-defaced-a3481026.html

    • BillyHW

      People should be ashamed of being sexually attracted to man-rectum.

  • Jaedo Drax

    The first amendment isn’t at play here, it’s the fourth and fifth. The bigger question is why is Amazon collecting and keeping this information, anything that isn’t proceeded with a “Alexa” or “OK, Google” should not be collected or stored, and further, the extend of the commands should only be stored for as long as it takes to fulfill the request.