It was a big week for Internet of Things devices in the United States.
On Friday, Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo showed off its ability to speak to people’s homes.
Then on Saturday, Google and Samsung announced their own products with similar capabilities, including the Google Home, a smart speaker.
But none of them were as smart as the Google Echo Dot, a $399 device with a microphone and speaker that’s the product of a partnership between Amazon and Google.
Its speakers can read the phonebook and talk to the Amazon Echo, which then lets the speaker do what it wants.
“That’s one of the reasons we started this collaboration, so that you can hear what you want without having to leave your home,” said Adam Bousfield, vice president of product management at Google.
“The whole point of this product is to allow people to do their own things without a huge amount of physical interaction.”
The Echo Dot’s ability to talk back to you has been a huge selling point for Amazon, which sold more than 6.7 million Echo Dot devices in 2016.
But it’s also a big risk.
In 2016, the U.S. government shut down several Amazon Echo Dot units because they could be used to eavesdrop on conversations.
Now, Echo Dot owners in China have found that their devices are now out of stock.
So, when you get on a plane, you’re unlikely to see one of these Echo Dots on your lap or on your desk.
“I was thinking it’s not going to happen on the plane,” Bousf said.
But when I was on a flight in China, I noticed that when I tried to take my phone out of my pocket, my phone automatically turned into a phone call, and I didn’t have to leave my seat.
“There are still a few people that don’t have Echo Dot products,” he added.
“So that’s not really a good sign.”
And now the United Nations has issued a warning that IoT devices pose a major security risk.
It said that IoT is “a powerful form of communication and communication technology that is capable of sending malicious information to a third party or interfering with an online network or device.”
It’s also an issue for those who own a home IoT device, such as an air conditioner.
Amazon’s Bous and other experts say that if IoT devices are used to listen to your home phone calls, they could potentially spy on you.
And if they do, they might also be able to collect private information.
“If the device is set up to intercept phone calls or texts, it might be possible to collect data such as the date, time, duration of the call, the location, time zone, and the device’s MAC address,” the UN report said.
“Additionally, a device that is designed to intercept these communications could also intercept the content of the communication, including content of communications that were not intended for interception.”
This isn’t the first time Amazon has raised concerns about the security of IoT devices.
In 2014, it raised questions about its Echo Dot after a report that it could be hacked to send your location to Amazon’s Echo device.
But the company later clarified that it didn’t know how IoT devices would be used.
“It’s not an open secret that we’ve had conversations with various security vendors,” Bresch said.
She said Amazon didn’t ask anyone else about how IoT would be secured, and she said that the company has no plans to change its security practices for IoT devices, even if more people are using them.
“When we first launched Echo Dot we were very careful about the devices, because we didn’t want people to be able turn them on and start listening to our conversations.
And so now we have no plans, in fact, to change our security practices,” Bregman said.
Amazon also made a big effort in October to educate consumers about the risks of IoT and privacy.
The company made its first video to explain how it was doing everything it could to help people understand how IoT products work.
And it’s working on a video to tell people how they can protect their privacy.
In the meantime, though, people who want to protect their personal information have been using IoT devices as a way to track them.
The FCC has recently issued guidance to states about how to handle IoT devices when they’re being used for surveillance.
So far, the agency has said that there is no federal law requiring companies to disclose their location data to anyone.
But there are a few exceptions, including for military forces, hospitals, and emergency services.
In California, where I live, the state attorney general is trying to draft a law that would create a law requiring people to give consent to tracking.
And there’s a bill in the Senate that would prohibit a state from imposing a financial penalty on people who share their location with a device.
“We want people, especially younger people, to know