Apr 182019
 April 18, 2019  Posted by  Featured News

Joe Cadillic had sent along this item a few days ago, and I am still thinking about it. See what you think. JD Heyes reports, in part:

When does it become illegal for a large technology company to record people?

Building a device with a microphone in it is a pretty big deal; doing so and then somehow neglecting to inform consumers that a mic is included in the device they just bought isn’t an oversight; it’s an intentional act of omission.

Okay, but — is this really even a big deal? Surely Google wouldn’t use its devices to secretly record or eavesdrop on consumers, which is highly illegal in many states, would it?

In a word, yes. As NewsTarget reported back in 2017:

Complaints have been made by users who feel that they are being spied on by Google’s assistant. One instance is when Google’s assistant picked up the conversation between one man and his friend, and even recorded the code to his backdoor security. Another example is when a different individual was cursing at something, without him noticing that he was being recorded.

In 11 states, this kind of recording is highly illegal. So-called “two-party states” require the consent of both parties in phone calls and other electronic communications before they can be recorded legally. They are California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Other states are “one-party” states where only one person or party need know the recording is taking place. The question is, in states where consent from both is required, why aren’t the tech giants facing any legal repercussions for stealing consumer data via voice recording?

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  One Response to “Why aren’t Amazon and Google being charged with recording customers in states where it’s illegal to do that without telling them?”

  1. The real problem is when these devices are connected to any network. Then there is no way for an end-user to be 100% certain that the device isn’t transmitting the data outside their direct control.

    Or if google or facebook are involved, then we know they are lying.

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