Is Amazon Stealing Your Internet?

illustrationHere’s how to check.

By Rick Richardson

Remember when Amazon (quietly) announced its expansion to Sidewalk, back in September? Well, the feature is live for some in a new update for the Amazon Alexa app, and you might want to go turn it off.

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Sidewalk is a feature that extends the network coverage of your devices, particularly Ring surveillance tech (like its cameras, smart lights, and pet trackers) and Echo smart speakers. But it’ll also share a small chunk of that internet bandwidth to provide the same services to your neighbors – so your privately owned devices won’t be so private anymore.