If female name Alexa becomes more and more unpopular, Amazon may be culprit. After all, who would like to receive an answer from a machine after his daughter Alexa Rufenund instead. Digitale Bibliok Language Assistant in Amazon's Echo loudspeakers, in contrast to many children, listens to word.
For ir sinister ubiquity imbalances, Alexa and Amazon have received a BigBrorAward on Friday. DerNegativpreis is awarded annually by Association Digitalcouragean companies, products and institutions, which in opinion of Aktivistinnenund activists collect particularly ruthless data. The idea is to call actors publicto be and expose m, which is why y are traditionally Preisverleihungfernbleiben.
An "inquisitive, Prechatty, nine-wise and Lauschangriffdöschen," says DieDatenschützer Alexa. Which is only representative of GesamteProduktkategorie of smart speaker and digital assistants. GoogleHome or Apple's coming HomePod must also be criticized: ir microphones are constantly listening until activation word falls. Dannschicken owners and owners ' questions to company's servers, y process undliefern times better, sometimes worse answers.The new eavesdropping attack in living room
For data protector Padeluun sindAssistenten like Alexa Thus "a listening interface, which disguises itself example as an alarm clock". In his eulogy, he criticized DassVerbraucher could not know for sure wher loudspeakers do not dochheimlich anything and not until y are activated. DieHersteller negate that, in principle cannot be excluded, like a security expert recently explained in a reportage of time. Reports that Alexa suddenly nachtsanfängt to laugh creepy, owners should also not calm down.
Apart from Alexa's ubiquity – assistant is now also in cars and refrigerators – Warntepadeluun ahead of coming developments. At present, SmarteLautsprecher are still a nice and sometimes practical gimmick that has turned ir way into living and sleeping rooms. Yet a glimpse of patents would show where development was going: assistants could soon realize in what mood owners are, which leads to even more "ManipulationsrelevantenInformationen". Third-party developers could also access ir own apps programming and language data. The case of Facebookund Cambridge Analytica showed that this could lead to such interfaces.Hard-to-switch data transfer from Windows 10
In addition to Amazon, a weiteresbekanntes company receives a BigBrorAward. In technology category, DerNegativpreis is going to Microsoft this year. Specifically for DATENÜBERMITTLUNGIM operating system Windows 10. That is, it transfers TelemetrischeDaten to company's servers. This can be information about DIEGENUTZTE hardware, but also about installed programs and browser data. DieÜbertragung completely is impossible even for experienced users.
"What is it about Microsoft, wher enter computers use more as a typewriter, as a toy, as a television or FürBildbearbeitung? And what does company do with this information? We know, "said Frank Rosengart of Chaos Computer Club in SeinerLaudatio. The trend of IT companies to offer more and more cloud technology ultimately leads to increasingly unconscious data transfer.© Jakob Börner eike Cooling Editor at digital department, time online for author page
Rosengart quoted a report from Bayer Commissioner for data protection from last year. This came to conclusion that even n data from "Internetdienstenfür tiles (in Windows Start menu, note), Updates or referral services" transferred Wennerfahrene users have made about 50 changes in registry, DerKonfigurationsdatenbank of Windows.
For users who do not want to or cannot immerse mselves in depth of operating system, Datenschutzoptionennoch are much more limited. Not only are y only reachable by several clicks. They also only differentiated between "simple" and "full" transmission, but did not allow KompletteDeaktivierung. Especially with regard to upcoming EuropäischeDatenschutzgrundverordnung, Microsoft must improve on this, said Rosengart: "In view of user, it is a mess that transmission Praktischnicht be deactivated – especially since it is for many people to Windows AlsBetriebssystem There is no alternative for compatibility reasons. "
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