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FCC lifts rules so Amazon can build
radar devices to track users' sleep

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Posted By: Ribicon, 7/12/2021 2:34:11 PM

The Federal Communications Commission waived its rules so Amazon can build radar sensors that the company says would be used to track people’s sleep. The federal government’s exemption for Amazon paves the way for the tech giant to monitor users’ movements in the bedroom with extreme precision—all without users having to press a button. The FCC accepted Amazon’s claim that the tech would be used to improve users’ health and wellness.(Snip) Adding activity-tracking capabilities to Amazon‘s Alexa-enabled devices provides an avenue for Amazon to challenge other companies vying for sleep-tracking users’ business. But Amazon’s touchless radar technology for users’ bedrooms is likely to


Right, it's to promote healthy sleeping. Kind of neat when you think about it. Americans can be tracked with incredible precision from the air using the military technology described at the link, and also can be tracked precisely when indoors using this new device. Might this have anything to do with the JEDI contract with Microsoft that was just cancelled, with something new being bid out to Amazon?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Come And Take It 7/12/2021 2:37:19 PM (No. 843474)
Also good for providing the government with a hyper-accurate body position when they decide to break in and kill you for being a terrorist white at 3am. Just say HELL NO to Amazon and Alexa crap.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: SALady 7/12/2021 2:42:06 PM (No. 843480)
We have a couple of Alexa devices. They come in super handy. They answer questions. They play streaming music. They make life easier. However, we always unplug them when we aren't actively using them, because I trust Amazon about as far as I can throw them. We are boring old people. We know they are spying on us. But so is the Internet. And it comes in pretty handy too. And we unplug it when we aren't actively using it too.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 7/12/2021 2:43:01 PM (No. 843481)
Reason #3,418,975 why I won't let an Alexa device in this house!! Some new cars come with Alexa as standard equipment. I wonder if it can be disabled.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Come And Take It 7/12/2021 2:48:03 PM (No. 843486)
I am pretty certain, #2, that most Alexa devices have onboard batteries and operate in a standby 'listening' mode even if unplugged. Unless that battery is disabled or dead, your device is always on and listening to you regardless of whether you unplug it or not. Your choice, of course, but given the government propensity to manufacture evidence, voice recordings can be digitally patched to make your actual words say anything at all. Alexa is pretty much a direct pipeline to the NSA.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: seamusm 7/12/2021 2:51:39 PM (No. 843490)
Could anyone really want Amazon to know anything that happens in our bedrooms? Because it's a joke to pretend that the tech won't be able to identify EVERYTHING that happens in the room and probably most of the rest of the house as well. Hey Mr. Johnson! We see you tried a different position last night. Was that your wife?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby 7/12/2021 2:56:50 PM (No. 843495)
#2 You forgot the battery back up that can still record everything that you're doing. And it relays all that info 8 times a day. Plugged in or not.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: red1066 7/12/2021 3:20:30 PM (No. 843515)
Remember all the fuss about Walmart years ago? Where's the fuss about Amazon? Monopoly business model .
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Reply 8 - Posted by: mc squared 7/12/2021 3:27:10 PM (No. 843521)
In the show 'Better Call Saul' Jimmy McGill's nutty brother shut off all his household utilities and wrapped himself in foil. Not so far fetched now is it?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: downnout 7/12/2021 3:27:41 PM (No. 843523)
Amazon is going to track “movements in the bedroom”? Hahahahaha!!!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 7/12/2021 3:47:40 PM (No. 843538)
You have to be really gullible to have one of these autospy devices in your home.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 7/12/2021 3:49:07 PM (No. 843540)
I opened the case on my laptop and unplugged the camera and mic connector. I can reconnect in the rare cases I skype with foreign friends, but after....disconnected again.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: chance_232 7/12/2021 3:55:58 PM (No. 843546)
There is zero chance that this won't be abused..../S/ The only "smart" device that I own is my television. If I didn't have to have a smart phone for work, I would still be using a flip phone. Does anyone else get monthly emails detailing there travel activities??
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bur Oak 7/12/2021 4:00:13 PM (No. 843551)
Soon the devices will be mandated by the government so they can keep track of the deplorables.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: udanja99 7/12/2021 4:08:17 PM (No. 843560)
#12, your smart TV is tracking and listening to you too. I don’t have one but have friends who do. They were standing in their living room with the television on and were discussing a specific product and its attributes. Not long after, ads for that particular product began appearing on the TV. Coincidence? I think not.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: udanja99 7/12/2021 4:14:54 PM (No. 843566)
Forgot to add, #12, that Google can track your movements even with your phone turned off. If you’re still using anything Google, stop now and delete it from all of your devices.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: checkmatekingtwo 7/12/2021 5:34:07 PM (No. 843637)
Will also track your sex life. What will be interesting is when people start checking their "medical" reports of activity for Amazon and one spouse realizes that he/she was not the person enjoying the afternoon sex that was logged. Speaking of tracking your sex-life, most people don't realize their fitbits with heart monitor also lets Fitbit know how often and how long they are having sex.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Omen55 7/12/2021 7:03:14 PM (No. 843714)
Throw her out!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 7/12/2021 7:16:56 PM (No. 843723)
Last week I saw a TV commercial for a Google made bed with internet connected sensors that tracks your bed movements, supposedly to teach you to improve your sleep, and I was incredulous. Now Amazon goes a step further with RADAR? What kind of idiot would buy something like this????
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Reply 19 - Posted by: JHHolliday 7/12/2021 7:51:07 PM (No. 843751)
To monitor our health and improve our wellbeing? How? For our own good? No way. It’s going to be used to push ads for cheap Chinese products and probably spy on us as well. All of us have spouted off stuff that we didn’t really mean literally… some vile politician does something stupid and we say to our spouse or friend,”somebody ought to shoot that so and so” and the next thing we have is federal marshals at our front door.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 7/12/2021 8:38:32 PM (No. 843789)
The FCC is useless to American citizens.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: MickTurn 7/12/2021 8:41:44 PM (No. 843795)
So much for Amazon and their Nazi Crap.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Strike3 7/12/2021 9:31:44 PM (No. 843838)
Alexa and her sisters are permanently banned from my bedroom. What a stupid idea,
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