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Letting Amazon into Your Home

Posted November 11, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Imagine coming home to a warm pizza or the package you ordered from Amazon already safely tucked away in your home. This latest offering from Amazon is just one in a growing number of features from the retail juggernaut meant to simplify our lives.

Using Amazon Key, an Amazon courier can gain access to your home for the purpose of safely delivering items you have ordered from the retail giant or from a third party doing business with the retail giant.

Working in conjunction with Amazon’s new Cloud Cam and compatible smart lock, the Amazon courier scans the package barcode and awaits approval from Amazon’s cloud. Once the courier is notified of approval via an app prompt, the courier swipes the screen, which activates the camera recording the delivery transaction and unlocks the door.

Upon completion, a second swipe locks the customer’s door and notifies them that the transaction has completed.

Instead of missing work or important events because you are waiting at home for something to be delivered, the service frees you up, giving you back the hour or so you would typically spend waiting for delivery.

Any odds on whether or not that newfound hour will actually be spent cleaning your home lest you be judged by the delivery folks at Amazon?

Are you comfortable with granting the retailer this kind of access?

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Re: Letting Amazon into Your Home

11/11/2017 10:24 AM

This is just another example of trading security for convenience, just like RFID credit cards, keyless entry, and a lot of other modern conveniences, IMHO.

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11/11/2017 3:57 PM

I am totally opposed to it. Not the convenience aspect, but the continual intrusion into our private lives. It is just another step toward "big brother eye in the sky" surveillance. Our where-a-bouts will be known by government, big business 24-7. before you know it, you won't be able to take a c**p without someone knowing about it. It's the old "give an inch, take a mile" scenario. I wouldn't fall for the "convenience, security, safety" ploy. If you do, you will find many other areas where your privacy has been compromised.

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11/11/2017 10:36 PM

We've been there and done this.

Amazon Key ... Good Idea?

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11/12/2017 2:29 AM

And just when I think humans cannot get any lazier or useless I am proved wrong. Soon they will be tucking folks into bed.....

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11/12/2017 7:45 AM

"...meant to simplify our lives." Something must be wrong with me. I avoid as much of this crap intended to simplify my life as possible, and what I can't avoid always seems to complicate my life with unintended consequences.

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11/13/2017 3:09 PM

Imagine coming home to a warm pizza or the package you ordered from Amazon already safely tucked away in your home.

This makes as much sense as 'one more corporate meeting'.

Here's a few reasons for not a good idea;

  • You better let your CCP (Concealed Carry Permit) holders in you house hold know about it.
  • Hey, I had $40.00 sitting on the stand by the charging station, did you take it?
  • Have you seen our pet cat lately, haven't seen him since the package arrived?
  • Dam dag bite the delivery guy the other day.

For me,... I try not to invite trouble in my life.

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11/15/2017 12:42 AM

This rates up there with laptops with built-in cameras and mics. Thanks, but No Thank You

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11/16/2017 7:08 AM

Follow up story to these devices that simplify your life. Good friend of mine told this story, just happened this past weekend:

His son, not long out of school is sharing a rented house with two other housemates. One has a dog. The other has a Roomba. The Roomba is programmed to come on and vacuum the place in the middle of the afternoon. The dog is programmed to do his business at some point during the day, inside or outside, hopefully after one of them gets home and lets him out. Not on this day. The dog does his business on the hardwood floor in the living room. Then the Roomba comes on. Proceeds to distribute it throughout the first floor into three or four other rooms, and onto area rugs. My friend's son gets home first and discovers it. He has it partly cleaned up by the time his other two housemates get home. He's a good guy. Me - I would have thought not my dog and not my Roomba. I've got errands to run for a few hours and I think I'll stop somewhere for a beer too.

Man, that programmable smart Roomba really simplified their lives.

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