If you wanted to build a surveillance state, what would you do?
…you would have wiretap in your home listen to your conversations. You’d have cameras on every door seeing who is coming in and have a network of neighbors spying on you… facial recognition capabilities… a system knowing what you read and watch and buy.
When you think about it, that’s what Amazon offers you. Alexa in our homes is listening. Rings on our door watch and the neighbors’ app is telling on each other. They know what you read through Kindle and what you buy through Amazon and they’re pretty good about predictive analytics, so in some ways Amazon is building a very effective surveillance state that we would be offended if the government tried to mandate, but somehow as consumers we seem okay with giving up this information to a private company.
– Andrew Ferguson, author of The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement from an interview on Marketplace Tech