Episode 139: Alexa Ruin My Privacy

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On this episode of Grumpy Old Bens we discuss the privacy problem introduced by Amazon Alexa Skills, racist oximeters, Facebook paying out to Illinois residents, Gab was hacked, space tourism, and much more!

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NOTES / LINKS:

27 shot, 5 fatally, in Chicago this weekend
https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2021/2/27/22304417/chicago-weekend-shootings-feb-26-march-1-gun-violence-homicide-crime

87 Shot & Killed, 347 Shot & Wounded
https://heyjackass.com/

Calls Blacklist – Call Blocker by Vlad Lee
http://vlmob.com/applications/calls-blacklist

Calls Blacklist – Call Blocker Play Store
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vladlee.easyblacklist

Social network Gab was hacked, report says
https://www.cnet.com/news/social-network-gab-was-hacked-report-says/

Judge Approves Facebook’s $650M Settlement over Intrusive Facial Recognition
https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2021/03/01/judge-approves-facebooks-650m-settlement-over-intrusive-facial-recognition/

Orbital Assembly Corp. hits $1M fundraising goal, aims to have luxury space hotel open in 2027
https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/orbital-assembly-corp-luxury-space-hotel-2027

ByteDance reaches $92 million settlement with U.S. TikTok users over data privacy concerns
https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/bytedance-agrees-to-92-million-privacy-settlement-with-u-s-tiktok-users

FDA warning on pulse oximeter devices
https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/pulse-oximeter-accuracy-and-limitations-fda-safety-communication

Alexa skills are a privacy nightmare
https://www.alexa-skill-analysis.org/

https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-would-you-ever-trust-amazons-alexa-after-this/

Boston schools are woke
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/b/ar-BB1e3qiV

https://www.rt.com/usa/516733-boston-schools-racial-equity/

Facebook meddling in Turkey’s politics
https://www.propublica.org/article/sheryl-sandberg-and-top-facebook-execs-silenced-an-enemy-of-turkey-to-prevent-a-hit-to-their-business

Fake contacts app
https://github.com/BillDietrich/fake_contacts

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2 Replies to “Episode 139: Alexa Ruin My Privacy”

  1. The Gab hack was politically motivated, as was the leaking to “researchers and journalists due to privacy concerns.”

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