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Amazon Key: An Open Door to Controversy

Where Do You Draw The Line For Privacy?

Trust and money in an age of exponentially advancing technology both need to go a long way.

Uber and Airbnb have a similar concept, especially when relating to both elements. You either let a stranger into your car in exchange for cash, or you let a stranger stay in your house in exchange for cash.

Of course, society at large tends to value both trust and money quite deeply. We seem to have put a great deal of both into services like Uber and Airbnb. If someone says they used either service, we have stopped expressing disbelief and, instead, no longer think twice.

But, as we evolve, when does it become too much?

Under Lock and Key (and Camera)

Despite a great deal of trust in Amazon itself, Amazon Cloud Cam and Amazon Key made a bit of a ruckus.

If these products are unfamiliar to you, they come as separate packages. Amazon Cloud Cam is a security camera used with Amazon Key, a “smart-lock.” This will allow Amazon deliverypersons to scan the package, then unlock your door and set it inside.

The trepidation here is understandable and, while there may be a camera filming the courier when they drop your package off, that’s never stopped a determined criminal before. Yes, your package is protected from the weather or being stolen off your porch, but it’s literally opening your door to a stranger.

With Uber and Airbnb, there are similar concerns, but over time, both services integrated with every day life. Additionally, those providing a ride or a space to stay operate under a rating and review system from their customers. That adds accountability to both services, which Amazon lacks.

Controlling the Cloud

The idea of letting a stranger into your house when you’re not home may be unsettling at best. The backlash makes that very clear.

The safety concerns are offset by the camera, which you can watch in real-time or after it’s recorded from your mobile phone. The whole system is relatively inexpensive as well, costing $249.99, plus $6.99 to $19.99 per month. The latter subscription offers person-detection, larger cloud storage, and a link of up to 10 cameras.

The service is exclusive to Amazon Prime members and will become available in 37 U.S. cities on November 8th.

In the future, Amazon has stated they plan on integrating whole-house security systems, aimed at the wealthier Prime members.

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