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Amazon switches on Sidewalk, a neighborhood wireless network

Jun. 08, 2021 7:11 AM ETAmazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)AMZNBy: Yoel Minkoff, SA News Editor34 Comments

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  • Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Sidewalk project goes live today without asking your permission. The "neighborhood network" pools local internet connections from millions of Amazon Echo speakers and Ring products to let smart devices have a wider range of operation. While users have

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How is Sidewalk supposed to help US?

Or is it just for Amazon's benefit?
Gary J is Rich on AMZN profile picture
@Jack Reacher

bandwidth when away from your own wi-fi. Do your research.
Buyandhold 2012 profile picture
Sort of like the old fashioned party lines that we used to have with Ma Bell in the 1950s.

What goes around comes around.

Everything old is new again.
craftbrewinfo profile picture
@Buyandhold 2012 haha ! that's exactly what I thought LOL .. everyone in the house with an extension cord but the same phone line 70's style
RI$ING CAPITAL profile picture
You can turn it off, jeez people.
Who Dat? profile picture
Why I never buy Amazon gadgets with Alexa enabled from day one. I can see lot more class action lawsuits coming (in addition to current class action lawsuits).
financeminister profile picture
No Amazon devices after this - conclusion by family members & extended family on our family group chat after this revelation.
@financeminister If you don't want to participate just turn it off
financeminister profile picture
@Rob Greenly How about I take a little money from everyone ... just $0.01 and if they don't want to participate, they can opt out.
pat45 profile picture
how do you opt out of this
yogatech profile picture
@pat45 how do you opt out of this

Here's how to opt out of Sidewalk:
Open your Alexa app.
Open more, and select settings.
Select “Account settings.”
Select “Amazon Sidewalk.”
Turn Amazon Sidewalk “On” or “Off.”
Yes, because this will absolutely guaranteed turn it off. You know this because tech is always open and honest.
@pat45 can be turned of on your devices, but needs for the user to turn off the feature or you will automatically have opted in.
Mombajuice profile picture
Nothing good here. WAZE was the best app in the world, now owned by the Satanic Company called GOOGLE. RING to AMZN is another debacle. These Totalitarian Communist State firms are completely destroying the country.
@Mombajuice must have voted for Trumpanzee and opted into conspiracy channel Q.
Mombajuice profile picture
@collalder because there have never been incidents of your privacy being invaded with negative consequences…
How is this even legal?
kotis profile picture
@NexTrade why would it be illegal?

they have your (negative) consent...
@kotis stealing your service without your consent would be illegal. You'd be violating the 18 U.S. Code § 1030 - Fraud and related activity in connection with computers. www.law.cornell.edu/...
rgtichy profile picture
Thieves of "tiled" objects beware?
Now Amazon wants to listen to you when you're outside as well. This is very 1984ish
Gary J is Rich on AMZN profile picture
I'm opted in for the bandwidth when I need it most. Thanks, Amazon.
@Gary J is Rich on AMZN - this uses bandwidth does it not? Please explain how this gives you extra bandwidth?
Gary J is Rich on AMZN profile picture
@Johann Galt

When not on your own wi-fi.

Do your research.
Colin Tedards profile picture
What could possibly go wrong??!!!
No Amazon devices at our house. If Nest follows a similar plan, I’ll be yanking them out!
@ppointer your neighbor’s Echo is spying on you anyway 😬
@V_uniqueacc No Doubt!! My Xfinity box, too!
Check out Helium which at least asks your permission and rewards you
@Glorious Canvas Lion you can turn it off in your settings, so ?
you can opt out
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