Better to ask for forgiveness than permission
Have you heard about this? Amazon Sidewalk is a technology that creates a low-bandwidth network with the help of Sidewalk bridge devices, including select Echo and Ring devices. These bridge devices broadcast a small portion of your internet bandwidth to provide connectivity to you and your neighbors.
What? Okay, let’s get geeky here for a moment: According to Amazon, Sidewalk will use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) in the 900 MHz spectrum and other frequencies “to simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices, and help devices stay online and up-to-date even if they are outside the range of home Wi-Fi.” It essentially will be sharing a portion of your internet bandwidth with your neighbors and passersby. PLEASE LISTEN UP. The fact that Amazon plans to give away what belongs to you without asking permission is disgusting. Should you wish to get more frustrated with the home delivery deity, check this out. Amazon will launch Sidewalk automatically on June 8, 2021, unless customers opt out before then.
It’s easy to opt out, but how would you know to do it? You didn’t receive a notice from Amazon or Ring, did you? No, you did not. I don’t know about you, but I’m paying a ton of money for my internet connection and it’s disturbing that Amazon intends to leech off my network silently and invisibly.
Here’s how to opt out. Ring customers can update their Amazon Sidewalk preferences from the Control Center in the Ring app or at the Ring website. Echo customers can update their Amazon Sidewalk preferences in the Alexa app by going to Settings, Account Settings, then Amazon Sidewalk. There you will find a toggle to disable Sidewalk. Note that this setting is not available in the PC version of Alexa. Use your mobile phone or tablet instead.
There’s good news for Ring doorbell users. Sidewalk is not present on the typical doorbell camera device, but it is on their Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam Mount and Spotlight Cam Wired units. If you have any of those, go to the Ring app and select Control Center, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Amazon Sidewalk.
So, what’s the purpose of Sidewalk? Well, here’s how Amazon explains it, “Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices work better. Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Sidewalk can help simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices to help find pets or valuables with Tile trackers, and help devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home Wi-Fi. In the future, Sidewalk will support a range of experiences from using Sidewalk-enabled devices, such as smart security and lighting and diagnostics for appliances and tools.”
I have two major issues with Sidewalk. First, Amazon wants to create their BLE network using our stuff. That is cavalier behavior. Second, this is new technology with profound potential to go sideways or be abused by bad actors. It might become the target of hackers who would have a desire to turn on your camera and spy on you. It would be like someone you don’t know, sticking gobs of bubblegum on your sidewalk in front of your home.
Congress needs to get off their butts and pass some bills to create budgets for technology infrastructure that would make internet connections ubiquitously available. While we wait, companies like Xfinity (Comcast) and Verizon (AT&T) are providing hotspots and local area networks to give individuals and businesses seamless connections. These services are provided and supported as a service to the community while Amazon’s intent is providing internet bandwidth they will take from others.
Please feel free to send this post to others. Let’s spread the word across all the social media sites. As for you, it’s time to opt out, unless you enjoy giving some powerful people more power over you.
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