An anonymous reader writes:
reporter Geoffrey A. Fowler describes his short-lived experience with “Amazon Key”, a $250 smart lock with a security camera that grants Amazon’s delivery people access to your home. The lock sounds “ R2-D2 with constipation,” and at one point it actually jammed (though his persistent delivery person eventually got it working properly). The unlocking of the door triggers a live video feed of the delivery — which is also stored in a private archive online — plus an alert to your phone — and the Post’s reporter writes that “The biggest downsides to the experience haven’t been the strangers — it’s been Amazon.”

They missed their delivery windows four out of eight times, and though the packages all arrived eventually, all four were late by a least a day. But his larger issue is that Amazon “wants to draw further into an all-Amazon world… Now Amazon wants to literally own your door, so it can push not just packages but also services that come through it, like handymen, dog-walkers, groceries, name it.” His ultimate question? “Who’s really being locked in?”

The Post’s reporter notes that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, “but I review all tech the same.” He did identify some advantages to the $250 smart lock system — the door can now also be unlocked with Key app, and he can even share that access with his friends by giving them a special access code.

But he also notes that security researchers discovered a way to freeze Amazon’s security camera, potentially allowing a rogue delivery person to lurk in your house. And all things considered, it was apparently all too creepy. “After two weeks, my family voted to remove the Amazon Key smart lock and take down the camera.”


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