Amazon customers who use Alexa, Echo, Ring Doorbell cameras or any one of the bazillion connected devices should be forewarned that starting June 8, the company will launch a new pilot program that will share your internet with your neighbors.
According to the company’s website, Amazon will share “a small portion of your internet bandwidth which is pooled together to provide these services to you and your neighbors.”
The company added that the more networks opt-in, the stronger the network will be.
Amazon says its Sidewalk feature will have several layers of privacy (yeah right), but there is a way to disable the internet sharing feature.
How to “opt-out” of Amazon internet sharing
For those who are not so confident in Amazon’s Sidewalk feature due to privacy concerns, there is a way to “opt-out” on several devices.
Amazon lists several steps you can take using the Alexa app and the Ring app.
For the Alexa app on devices, you can take the following steps:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Open “More” and select “Settings”
- Select Account Settings.
- Select Amazon Sidewalk.
- Turn Amazon Sidewalk “On” or “Off” from your account.
For Ring, you can take the following steps:
- Open the Ring app.
- Tap the three-lined icon that appears in the corner of the screen.
- Go to Control Center
- Select “Sidewalk” and toggle the “opt-out” icon.
- The app will ask you to confirm your opt-out choice. You can also opt-in in the same way if you change your mind.