Push your legislator(s) for regulation of your data privacy rights. It is the only way these encroachments on citizen privacy get fixed. Europe does this right (<3 GDPR), and the US has a lot of room for improvement.
So yes I agree with the person above you who said regulation is the answer. If you make it impossible to share data then it's not longer a revenue stream or a competitive advantage and companies can focus their efforts on improving the product for the consumer to drive profit rather than milking the customer for data and selling it.
I find this argument odd. It's like saying I should be penalised because companies can't harvest and sell my organs, since they're being deprived of a "revenue stream". Sure, collecting personal data isn't currently against the law, but the idea that there has to be a compensation for a "potential revenue stream" is ridiculous right?
That argument is becoming less compelling by the day. I used to be pretty libertarian, but now I'm looking forward to the day these companies are slapped with the restrictive regulation that they're totally asking for.
Needless to say, I never won any of our competitions.
Their website, marketing tools, and apps are the ones that connect to third parties. See below:
Information collected automatically.
We and our third party service providers may collect certain types of usage information when you visit our Website or mobile Apps, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. We use this information to enhance and personalize your user experience, to monitor and improve our websites and services, and for other internal purposes. In some instances, we and our third party service providers may combine this usage information with personal information. If we do combine any usage information with personal information, the combined information will be treated by us as personal information.
We typically collect this information through a variety of tracking technologies, including cookies, web beacons, embedded scripts, location-identifying technologies, file information, and similar technology (collectively, “tracking technologies”). We, and our third party partners, use tracking technologies to automatically collect usage and device information, such as:
Why are these machines on the internet? I have one ordered that will arrive in a few days, I really hope that I can turn that off. I don't want any "internet of things to be hacked" devices in my house.
Are we talking about the Assistant/Alexa integration, which sounds fairly focused? I guess the key question is whether or not they are sending data when you aren't using Assistant or Alexa.
Or are we talking about the fact that they are using ad networks to show ads? The latter isn't anything different than any site that sends ads.
In other words, "whenever we feel like it." I'm not sure why they bothered with the other clauses.
Surveillance capitalism is a novel market form and a specific logic of capitalist accumulation that was first described in a 2014 essay by business theorist and social scientist Shoshana Zuboff. She characterized it as a "radically disembedded and extractive variant of information capitalism" based on the commodification of "reality" and its transformation into behavioral data for analysis and sales.
Most of the comments here are about their robots so let me copy and paste the relevant passage from the policy below:
Information We Collect from Registered Devices Equipped with Smart Technology.
Some of our Robots are equipped with smart technology which allows the Robots to transmit data wirelessly to the Service. When you register your Robot with the online App, we collect information about the Robot, such as a Robot name and device number, and information about the Robot and/or App usage, feature usage, in-App transactions, technical specifications, crashes, and other information about how you use your Robot and the product App. For example, the Robot could collect and transmit information about the Robot’s function and use statistics, such as battery life and health, start and stop times, and number of missions.
Certain Robot models are equipped to collect information about the environment in which the Robot is deployed. For example, the Robot collects information about its movement throughout the environment to create a location ‘map’ of the space accessible to the Robot. The spatial map is a digital representation of the Robot's domain and does not include recognizable images from the location environment. To create the map, the Robot converts computer-vision images to abstract features and landmarks to generate a spatial representation of the Robot’s territory indicating the presence of objects, obstacles, floor coverings like carpet or tile, WiFi signal strength, and dirt detection.
We use this information to collect and analyze statistics and usage data, diagnose and fix technology problems, enhance device performance, and improve user experience. We may use this information to provide you personalized communications, including marketing and promotional messages, such as emails providing product order information when your device indicates a battery needs replacement. We consider location mapping data to be sensitive, confidential information and we do not share this information with third parties for marketing purposes. Please visit our Data Security page to learn more.
Our Robots do not transmit this information unless you register your device online and connect to WiFi, Bluetooth, or connect to the internet via another method. It is possible to use our smart technology Robots without WiFi or Bluetooth data transmission, simply by disconnecting your WiFi or Bluetooth from the device or by never connecting it at all. You can also choose through your settings in the App to not to have location mapping data transmitted to us.
As far as I know all their current Roomba lineup is equipped with that technology. I actually just bought the last non-wifi Roomba I could find, specifically to avoid it.
I really wish they'd develop a mapping Roomba that did all processing onboard, and could be totally configured using built-in controls. I'd buy it in a second.
"It is possible to use our smart technology Robots without WiFi or Bluetooth data transmission, simply by disconnecting your WiFi or Bluetooth from the device or by never connecting it at all. You can also choose through your settings in the App to not to have location mapping data transmitted to us."