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Internet security is one thing, but what happens in the blurred grey-area where AI, the Internet and the real world blur? Surely consumers want smart home products to keep their homes, well, safe. Some security researchers have discovered that Amazon Ring doorbells had a vulnerability that exposes the WiFi network passwords to which they are connected. Being that we're talking about a doorbell here, one would think the entire process of communication throughout a smart home would be loaded with security.

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Facebook has found another hole in their user privacy, with as many as 100 developers having possibly had improper access to Facebook user data because of an oversight in the way permissions were revoked. This comes from a post on the company's developer blog on Tuesday. Even though Facebook changed access parameters back in April 2018, it seems names and profile pictures were still accessible to some software developers. 

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Amazon reportedly has many workers reviewing clips recorded by its Cloud Cam security cameras. Amazon may only be reviewing clips for troubleshooting or footage that come from employee testers, but it's been reported that, the clips sometimes include private interactions such as recordings of sexual activity. After Amazon came under scrutiny for supposedly manually annotating Alexa recordings.

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Mark Zuckerberg has announced his, and that means Facebook's, plans to go to Europe's highest court of law to litigate the new ruling that EU countries can order Facebook to remove content globally if, in fact, it violates local laws. This came in a livestreamed Q&A with Facebook employees.

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Amazon is putting third-party apps under scrutiny due to privacy violations. With Amazon sellers using apps to do business more efficiently, privacy violations are also a problem, because those very same apps can also access shoppers' personal information. Amazon relies on outside retailers from around the world, who sell millions of different products. But behind the scenes, the "everything store" has an ecosystem of developers who create apps that sellers use to power their businesses.

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Almost all of the 50 US states have launched an anti-trust investigation at Google. Accusing the tech giant of unfair practices, the United States are following in the footsteps of previous 3 investigations made by the European Commission. Among other things, Google is being investigated for putting their own interests ahead of competitors on their search engine.

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