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Amazon’s iRobot Roomba vacuums may be secretly spying on users

Amazon's iRobot Roomba

A recent report by MIT Technology Review has revealed that Amazon’s iRobot Roomba vacuums may be secretly spying on users by taking photos and mapping out their homes without their knowledge or consent.

These robot vacuums have reportedly taken pictures of people in their homes, including private moments, which have then been shared on social media platforms like Facebook and Discord.

The images were allegedly captured by development versions of iRobot’s Roomba J7 series and sent to Scale AI, a startup that uses labeled audio, photo, and video data to train artificial intelligence. It is estimated that millions of images have been captured by iRobot Roombas and stored by Scale AI, and many more have been captured by other similar in-home spy devices.

Amazon CEO Colin Angle has stated that the company is “terminating its relationship” with the service provider who leaked the images and is “actively investigating” the matter.

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