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flensr
06-19-2018, 09:46 PM
Another hotel "feature", now your room will come complete with an always-on snooping device. Even if you unplug the device, the hotel would probably have already shared your name and room number (through the alexa device ID) with Amazon. Trip passes through Boston and you stay in an alexa-featured marriott? See Boston-specific ads all over your favorite websites for the next couple of months.

You're welcome.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/amazon-brings-alexa-to-hotels/

Anyone want to bet that our hotel committees and companies aren't going to be able to anonymize us, and everything we do during trip rest periods is going to end up in Amazon's customer databases? Because declining to accept the hotel's new "privacy" policy would require a complete re-negotiation with the hotel over service contract terms.

A truly random check-in ID number would work but that would play hell with hotel scheduling especially for short notice reservations. Using employee numbers would simply add our employee number to whatever other marketing data Amazon already has on us, and there's no guarantee that the hotel won't just copy it down and add it to the reservation data passed to Amazon anyhow.


Pogey Bait
06-19-2018, 11:42 PM
Unplug the god damn thing and drop it off at the front desk. Done.

captjns
06-20-2018, 05:17 AM
How about that DCVRs in our airplanes, and now DHV&VRs in our hotel rooms.:mad: Beware, or embrace the moment... Alexa may be watching, laughing recording, and reporting your special ALONE TIME:eek:


FMGEC
06-20-2018, 07:03 AM
Some people put tape over the cameras on their company issued iPad. They fear they are being watched; by the same company that can barely keep the crew room WiFi up and running and ink ribbons stocked on the dot matrix printers at the gate.

Their is a lot of respect given to the capabilities of others when it comes to commercial grade electronics.

If someone wants to watch me walk out of the shower while Iím at the Crowne Plaza- grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. Youíll quickly find my life to be pretty boring.

flensr
06-20-2018, 07:36 AM
Unplug the god damn thing and drop it off at the front desk. Done.

Except that as soon as you check in, the hotel sends your name to Amazon so that if you did use the alexa, they can add that to your consumer preferences database.

captjns
06-20-2018, 09:00 AM
Seems like a job for the airlinesí hotel committees.

Qotsaautopilot
06-22-2018, 07:12 AM
Some people put tape over the cameras on their company issued iPad. They fear they are being watched; by the same company that can barely keep the crew room WiFi up and running and ink ribbons stocked on the dot matrix printers at the gate.

Their is a lot of respect given to the capabilities of others when it comes to commercial grade electronics.

If someone wants to watch me walk out of the shower while Iím at the Crowne Plaza- grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. Youíll quickly find my life to be pretty boring.

Itís not your airline watching you on your company iPad itís anyone.

Albief15
06-22-2018, 08:35 AM
I have to wonder of some scientists are off in a cave somewhere wondering “ Does he REALLY beat off THAT much?” I apologize in advance for skewing all the data....

METO Guido
06-22-2018, 10:38 AM
^^^Stumble onto a surprise every now & then perusing these pages.
Now is one of those times.

Broncofan
06-23-2018, 07:47 AM
the paranoia runs strong in some people

Truthanator
06-23-2018, 07:49 AM
https://media1.tenor.com/images/66735a94705647947b0456bdf914b046/tenor.gif?itemid=7960871

symbian simian
06-23-2018, 05:58 PM
If they were interested in what you are doing (very big if), they really wouldn't care about your facial expression while you are doing it (or the wallpaper behind you), but they would monitor what is happening on the screen, so what you need to do is keep the screen off while you are on your iPad........

Hetman
06-23-2018, 10:30 PM
It's not the NSA we need to worry about. While we're all het up about government surveillance, Google and Amazon permeate.

qball
06-24-2018, 09:35 AM
the paranoia runs strong in some people

I wouldnít be paranoid if everyone wasnít out to get me😜

Floobs
06-24-2018, 01:04 PM
Nobody wants to look or listen to you. You're not that important.

DENpilot
06-24-2018, 02:00 PM
Nobody wants to look or listen to you. You're not that important.

This! Seriously folks, get over yourselves. Why would anyone want to watch/hear/eavesdrop on a random person staying in a Marriott in Boston?

Rahlifer
06-24-2018, 08:59 PM
This! Seriously folks, get over yourselves. Why would anyone want to watch/hear/eavesdrop on a random person staying in a Marriott in Boston?

Just to try and sell you crap. I have Alexa at home and Iíve noticed that somethings that I ask her to look up for me eventually show up advertised on my amazon app/website and even get email offers as well. So itís all really just about targeted advertising.

flensr
06-24-2018, 09:00 PM
This! Seriously folks, get over yourselves. Why would anyone want to watch/hear/eavesdrop on a random person staying in a Marriott in Boston?

Because your activities and everything you say will add to your advertising profile. Amazon makes a lot of money that way and they sell that profile to other companies. That bugs a lot of people.

badflaps
06-25-2018, 04:34 AM
Because your activities and everything you say will add to your advertising profile. Amazon makes a lot of money that way and they sell that profile to other companies. That bugs a lot of people.

That would explain all my laxitve and supository e-mails.....



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