Amazon is creating a new network called Sidewalk that will potentially make many internet-connected devices work better, set up easier and even help locate lost pets. But to do it, they will begin sharing a tiny portion of Ring and Echo device owner’s home internet connections.
“There are real privacy concerns… and there are overblown privacy concerns… but it’s still very much early days,” said Chris Davies, executive editor at SlashGear, a consumer technology website.
The Sidewalk network will be powered by various Amazon devices, including Ring Spotlight and Floodlight cams and a laundry list of Echo products. These devices will serve as tiny “bridges” across America – slinging the network into neighborhoods everywhere.
“Amazon is definitely doing all that it can to get as many of these different Sidewalk bridges turned on… so that as many places as you go you’ll have a connection,” said Davies.
To do it, Amazon is making participation in the network automatic, …