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PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 29, 2021 06:38PM
If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.

[arstechnica.com]
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: May 29, 2021 07:00PM
Not showing in my app.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: May 29, 2021 07:01PM
Space,

Thanks! Just deactivated it.

Robert
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: wurm
Date: May 29, 2021 07:23PM
Okay, here's a dumb question. We have an Amazon Dot in a drawer somewhere that hasn't been used for a couple of years, . We also have an Ecobee thermostat that has the ability to use Alexa to control temps, etc., but I turned that feature off fairly quickly as it was annoying as hell to hear a voice respond to our conversations.

So as long as Alexa isn't "on" we should be okay....right?
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 29, 2021 07:45PM
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Robert M
Space,

Thanks! Just deactivated it.

Robert

Like macphanatic, I cannot see it in my App.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: May 29, 2021 07:59PM
Space,

The setting is there. I followed the instructions and found it. Maybe you have an older version of t( app, which doesn’t have it?

Robert
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: Randalls
Date: May 29, 2021 08:08PM
Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 29, 2021 08:12PM
No Amazon devices in use here... at least in part because of dumb @#$%& like this.



It is what it is.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: Don C
Date: May 29, 2021 08:32PM
Had an Alexa Dot at one time. It was a gift from the grand boys, hoping to make more frequent contact than we were doing. That did not work out well because we were never in the room with the Dot when they called. Did not matter what room it was in, we were not there.

As the cat aged, he decided to use it instead of his litter box. Must of wet it down pretty good because it is quite dead (as is he, now) I think we are safe.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 29, 2021 08:38PM
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Robert M
Space,

The setting is there. I followed the instructions and found it. Maybe you have an older version of t( app, which doesn’t have it?

Robert

I just updated the App but I still don't see it.

App version 2.2.416595
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 29, 2021 08:42PM
1. Opening the Alexa app
2. Opening More and selecting Settings
3. Selecting Account Settings
4. Selecting Amazon Sidewalk
5. Turning Amazon Sidewalk Off

I go to step 3 and I see:
-Recognized Voices
-Guest Connect
-Voice Purchases
-Workouts

there is NOTHING about the damn sidewalk. I have some Generation 1 echo and echo dots. Maybe this is only for newer generations?
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 29, 2021 08:42PM
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Don C
As the cat aged, he decided to use it instead of his litter box. Must of wet it down pretty good because it is quite dead (as is he, now) I think we are safe.

Now THERE'S an appropriate use for it!



It is what it is.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: steve...
Date: May 29, 2021 09:20PM
Mine was already disabled.

It appears after Voice Purchasing in Account Settings for me.




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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 29, 2021 10:48PM
Get off my sidewalk!

Looking for the offender now.





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I'm out.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 29, 2021 11:08PM
When I go to Step 3, I see:

-Recognized Voices

-Guest Connect

-Voice Purchasing

-Amazon Sidewalk

-Workouts

The toggle shows Disabled


However, I'll be checking it to make sure that Bezobub doesn't change that, especially with an update.

I just don't trust AMZ to think this won't somehow be weaponized by Bezobub or some third-party bad actor to impinge my online experience.

Enrolling in this makes me feel like I'm donning chainmale to in the face of a biological or chemical warfare attack.

Happy days.





Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 29, 2021 11:12PM
....if you seduce Alexa......you will be ok.....



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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 30, 2021 07:36AM
What version of the App do you have? mine is App version 2.2.416595

Also what generation Echo and Echo Dots do you have? mine are all Gen 1.

I still don't see this setting. Maybe it is not available here, because I have older hardware, or because it is not available in my Zip code.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 30, 2021 09:23AM
Mine was already off my son might have done so.
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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: May 30, 2021 09:30AM
What happens after 10 days? Does the setting to disable it go away? Or is it just that Sidewalk launches in 10 days?




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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: Rolando
Date: May 30, 2021 10:20AM
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N-OS X-tasy!
No Amazon devices in use here... at least in part because of dumb @#$%& like this.

The only Amazon device my allows is the Ring. Only because its outside!



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Re: PSA: maybe MAJOR PSA: You may want to opt out of "Amazon Sidewalk"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 30, 2021 10:42AM
.....the problem with the Ring is 7 days after you watch the video.....someone dies......!!!!



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