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“Alexa, Tell Me About Sidewalk” — Block It Today

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Jun 082021
 

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and state Senator James Maroney (D-Milford), Chair of the General Law Committee, released a statement regarding a recent warning concerning Amazon-made devices such as the Alexa smart speaker and Ring Doorbell.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong warned consumers that Amazon will automatically connect their smart home devices and products to a new shared network called ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ on June 8.

This legislative session, Senators Duff and Maroney have worked together on Senate Bill 893 to establish a consumer data bill of rights to will protect Connecticut residents’ online privacy.

“Amazon’s announcement is yet another attack on consumer privacy,” said Duff. “Large technology corporations continue to hide behind complex legal agreements to use your data for their own profit. The residents of Connecticut deserve a bill of rights to protect their privacy. It is long past time that the government fights back against the abuses of Big Tech.”

“Amazon’s lack of transparency with protecting consumers pushes me harder to pass legislation that secures better online privacy for residents in the state,” Maroney said. “Consumers should have the option to choose if they want their data to be shared. It’s concerning companies are able to instantly share a consumer’s information and my hope with this legislation is that consumers feel more comfortable and have more trust in their mobile devices; that their data isn’t being collected without their knowledge.”

Under Senate Bill 893, companies will be required to clearly cite a privacy policy telling consumers what data is being collected, how it is being used, and why. This way, consumers are aware and have the right of knowing what information is being collected from them, the ability to see and fix any false data that is collected from them, and the right to have any collected data be deleted.

This bill also prohibits companies from discriminating against those who choose to exercise these rights. This bill will also provide protection over user information, thus preventing companies from abusing their data. Senate Bill 893 requires companies to lessen the amount of data they collect and only use it for the purposes they have collected it for; therefore having fewer data breaches and identity theft.

With Amazon automatically connecting consumer’s electronic devices to a new shared network, if a person is unaware this is happening today, they give up their right to protect their personal data. Devices like Alexa are already connected to a person’s home private Internet connection.

When Amazon transforms it to a Sidewalk Bridge, the device creates a new network of its own that’s not WiFi. Instead, it uses common Bluetooth to connect devices nearby. Sidewalk authorizes the device to share a portion of a person’s home’s Internet bandwidth which could count toward a person’s Internet service provider’s data cap.

As people become aware of how much of their personal information is being observed and recorded, more eyebrows have been raised. Numerous people weren’t previously aware that they were being tracked. Apple recently released a new operating system and found that only 2 to 4% of Americans are opting in for tracking.

The International and Internet Society found that 69% of consumers are concerned about how personal data is collected in mobile apps, such as banking or health apps. It was also found that 62% of consumers are concerned about personal data collected through devices such as computers and tablets.

This legislation ensures transparency within companies and consumers, therefore guaranteeing that consumers know just how much of their information is being collected and are given the right to control what is done with that data.

Click HERE to learn how to disable Sidewalk.

 

Orange Police: Man Charged With Identity Theft, Fraud, Forgery, and Larceny

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May 122021
 

On Sunday, May 9 at 9:11 p.m., officers responded to Police Headquarters at 314 Lambert Road to process Tylon D. Mims, 26, of Waterbury, who was turning himself in on an active arrest warrant.

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 8 on Marsh Hill Road.  Subsequently, Mims was taken into custody and charged with third-degree forgery, payment card fraud, payment credit theft, third-degree identity theft, and fifth-degree larceny.  

Mims posted a $10,000 cash bond and received a court date of June 3. 

 

 

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Identity Theft

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Nov 292018
 

Orange police were dispatched to the Chase Bank, 262 Boston Post Road on a fraud impersonation complaint at 1:13 p.m. on Nov. 27.

Investigation revealed that Cynda M. Williamson, 50, of Bronx, NY, was using a fraudulent ID to cash a check that did not belong to her.

According to the report, she also provided police with a fraudulent name.

Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation, identity theft, interfering with an officer and criminal attempt to commit fifth-degree larceny.

Williamson was held on $5,000 bond and given a court date of Nov. 28.

Police Blotter: Woman Charged With Criminal Impersonation, Identity Theft, More

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Jul 112018
 

On June 19, Orange Police responded to the Chase Bank at 262 Boston Post Road, at 2:46 p.m. in regards to a fraud complaint.

During the investigation, officers learned that Amy Capozzi, 33, of Waterbury, was inside the bank attempting to make a withdrawal on an account that did not belong to her.

According to police, upon questioning, Capozzi admitted that the identification she carried had her picture, but the information was for someone else.

She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with first-degree forgery, second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation, attempted fourth-degree larceny, two counts of third-degree identity theft, Illegal possession of prescription drugs and violation of probation.

During processing, she was found to have prescription medication on her person that was not prescribed to her. She also had a warrant with the Milford Department of Probation. That warrant was served as well.

Capozzi was held on a total of $20,000 bond, for court on June 20.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Identity Theft

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Nov 262016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-2-34-33-pmOfficers responded to a fraud complaint at the Verizon Wireless store, 116 Boston Post Road at 2:46 p.m. on Nov. 10.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wilson Cabezas, 47, of New York City had presented identification with his own photo, but another person’s name and information in an attempt to purchase two wireless phones using the other person’s account.

Store employees recognized the transaction as fraud and contacted police.

Cabezas was charged with second-degree identity thft, criminal impersonation, second-degree forgery and criminal attempt at fourth-degree larceny.

He was held on $50,000 bond

Orange Police: Victim Penalized Due To Identity Thief’s Actions

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Aug 212016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 6.38.44 PMA woman surrendered herself at police headquarters onAug. 12 at 11:30 a.m. after learning of a warrant for her arrest.

Police said the warrant stemmed from a traffic stop in May of 2015, when Monique Morales, 28, of 155 Bungay Rd, Seymour, presented another woman’s driver’s license as her own to the police officer that stopped her.

That officer issued a ticket for the traffic stop, which went unpaid. The unpaid ticket resulted in the innocent person’s license being suspended.

When the license owner learned what happened, she reported it to police, and investigation determined that Morales had presented herself as someone else in order to evade responsibility for the traffic ticket.

An arrest warrant, charging criminal impersonation, third-degree identity theft and interfering with a police officer was issued and served as listed above.

 

Morales was released after posting $1,000 bond, for court Aug. 25.

 

Orange Police Request Public’s Assistance

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Jul 212015
 

11694873_847333881986702_371809565614481137_nThe Orange Police are asking the public to help identify a suspect in an identity-theft case.

On Saturday, July 18, the woman pictured here found a wallet that did not belong to her and used the credit cards inside to make purchases at the Target and Lowe’s stores in Orange.

If anyone recognizes her or her vehicle, please contact Officer William Edwards at 203.891.2130 x 415 or via email at wedwards@orange-ct.gov.

Any information you might have, no matter how seemingly insignificant, may help Officer Edwards solve this case.

11214153_847333991986691_7497008892955928136_n—Posted on the Orange PD Facebook Page

 

Orange Police: Man Charged With Identity Theft, Larceny

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Jun 032015
 

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On Tuesday, May 12, a 20-year-old Ansonia man surrendered himself at police headquarters at 6:47 a.m. after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

According to police, the warrant stemmed from an investigation into money missing from the former Radio Shack store, 90 Boston Post Road, where the man was employed.

A total of $2,803.83 reportedly was taken from the store.

The investigation led to the development of the arrestee as the suspect, and the warrant was obtained.

He was charged with third-degree larceny, second-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation.

He was held on $3800 bond for court later that day.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Identity Theft

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May 122015
 

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveA New Haven woman was party to an unrelated incident and officers discovered she was wanted on a warrant on April 27 at 9:19 p.m.

According to police, the warrant against Kelly Hoyt, 28, of 397 Edgewood Ave., New Haven, stemmed from an incident in 2013 when she used a Florida resident’s personal information to obtain cell phones and phone service at a store in Orange.

Hoyt was subsequently taken into custody and charged with third-degree identity theft, fourth-degree larceny, third-degree computer crime, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, and attempted sixth-degree larceny.

She was released after posting $5,000 bond for court May 11.

 

Police Blotter: Hamden Teen Charged With Identity Theft, Credit Card Theft

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Dec 102014
 

Police Blotter Logo thx DavePolice responded to a theft complaint at the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, 82 Boston Post Road on Nov. 29 at 7:14 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that a restaurant patron had her purse stolen inside the restaurant, and that her credit cards were then used inside the restaurant.

Officers viewed video showing Zhane Flynn, 18, of 310 Putnam Ave, Hamden, using the complainant’s credit cards to purchase tokens for the video games inside the restaurant.

Flynn was subsequently taken into custody and charged with two counts of credit card theft, two counts of illegal use of a credit card, second-degree identity theft and sixth-degree larceny. 

She was released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 12.

It was later determined that Flynn also was wanted by the New Haven Police, and she was turned over to their custody.