Amazon Key Is Not As Invasive As You Think…Probably

Last month when Amazon announced its newest offering, Amazon Key, people were skeptical.  Responses ranged from confused, to excited, to, naturally, cautious.  But now that it has officially arrived people are…still skeptical.  And not without good reason. Here’s how it works: Amazon Prime customers are eligible to purchase the Amazon Key In-Home Kit for $299.99.  The package includes a camera (the “Amazon Cloud Cam”) that connects to your wifi and acts as the system hub, a smart lock, and the Amazon Key App.  An Amazon technician comes to your house, mounts the camera so that it has a view of the door, and installs the lock.  If you live in one of 37 cities, the option for in-home delivery will be available during the Amazon.com checkout process.  Customers will get a notification when the delivery person is on the way.  When the courier arrives, he or she will scan the package to ensure it’s in the correct location, use the app to open your door, slide the package inside, then close and lock it behind them. Going beyond just eliminating front porch package theft, Amazon is quick to promote the benefits of the new system, including: A Personal Assistant: The Cloud Cam is equipped with a microphone and speaker, and can function like other Amazon devices that support Alexa. It can do things like adjust the lights, play music, etc. A Home Security System: Prime members may also purchase a home security subscription that allows users to record 24+ hours of video and comes with zone and person detection. Access for Service Providers and Friends: In a promotional video,...