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Matt Stoller
Well, this is interesting. Apparently Amazon and Google came out swinging against this Illinois bill saying a company is not allowed to remotely turn on a microphone without the owner’s permission.
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Matt Stoller 10 Apr 19
Replying to @CastroforIL22
Here are the Amazon/Google talking points against the bill barring tech platforms from secretly recording you in your home. Talking points are laundered through the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and tech trade associations.
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Matt Stoller 10 Apr 19
Replying to @matthewstoller
This is my favorite talking point against the bill barring undisclosed remote activations of microphones by tech platforms. "The language allows for company terms of services agreements to be void and unenforceable even if a failure to disclose is deemed accidental."
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Matt Stoller 10 Apr 19
Replying to @matthewstoller
To be fair, what about Google's and Amazon's right to hear every private conversation? It's super uncool to make trillion dollar companies feel left out.
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Matt Stoller 10 Apr 19
Replying to @matthewstoller
There are definitely interesting questions about how to define who gets to consent. If you're in my home and you are recorded by a microphone I've consented to use, what does that mean? Then again, there are one party consent states for phone recordings, so this is not hard.
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Matt Stoller 10 Apr 19
Replying to @matthewstoller
Seems like the secret microphone bill was gutted. No private rights of action, no ability to hold a manufacturer liable (even if Google secretly puts a microphone in Nest products). What it seems to require is an additional few paragraphs on an unreadable click-through agreement.
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Too Big To Fail 10 Apr 19
Replying to @matthewstoller
It seems like they have a legitimate complaint against the statute as written -- if I have an Echo in my home, I have consented through the terms of use to have the microphone turned on if I use its wake word. But if I invite somebody over to my home, they haven't consented.
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Too Big To Fail 10 Apr 19
Replying to @matthewstoller
Seems weird that Amazon can be sued because I have a dinner party and one of my guests happens to be telling a story about their coworker, Alexa Smith.
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🄻🄸🄰🄼 10 Apr 19
Yes it does
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Måsked Åustrałovęnätør 10 Apr 19
Replying to @matthewstoller
Wonder why? Ask alexia or the helper thing, maybe they know.
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