Expand / Illinois’ Senate had a bill that would ban devices from eavesdropping without telling you. But the Internet Alliance made certain the bill could have no teeth. (credit: NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
On April 10, the Illinois State Senate passed the”Keep Internet Devices Safe Act,” a bill that would prohibit Internet device producers from collecting audio from Internet-connected apparatus without disclosing it to consumers. But the bill was neutered after a fierce lobbying effort by an industry institution backed by Amazon and Google.
The bill passed on the heels of Amazon’s admission that the provider sometimes sends copies of sound clips recorded by its Echo devices to offices across the world for transcription by workers –something not mentioned in Echo’s terms of support or FAQ pages.