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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Facebook To Introduce New Streaming Device that can Watch and Listen to You

Facebook’s reputation for protecting user privacy has taken a lot of hits over the past several years. That’s why so many  consumers and advocates alike expressed alarm when Facebook first introduced its in-home hardware Portal last fall to compete with Amazon Echo. However, despite a cold reception for their first product, Facebook is preparing to release another device this holiday season that will specialize in streaming video.

It makes sense that Facebook wants in on the lucrative streaming market, but some reported details of this new hardware are raising eyebrows — namely, that it will feature a camera and microphone. That means Facebook could hypothetically spy on you while you’re watching TV.

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Given Facebook’s appalling history of spying on its users, do you REALLY want this device in your home? If so, you might as well also leave your front door unlocked all the time.

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security, Online Privacy & Security

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