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Amazon's New Smart Lock Lets Amazon Delivery People Into Your House

Amazon's New Smart Lock Lets Amazon Delivery People Into Your House

In a move aimed at protecting packages from would-be thieves, Amazon is rolling out a security camera/smart lock bundle that would allow deliveries to be left inside the home.

Amazon has announced their new service, Amazon "Key".

The old-school method of leaving a key underneath your doormat is inconvenient and often anxiety-inducing, so Amazon believes its new lock-and-camera system will make accessing your home when you're not around more secure.

Amazon has launched a new service that lets delivery people into your home.

"Schedule permanent access for your family members or give temporary access to recurring visitors like dog walkers, house cleaners, or out-of-town guests". If you're not convinced, you can watch the entire process on your phone using Amazon's Cloud Cam.

Need a package delivered while away from home? The proper package tag then will unlock the door and allow the carrier to place the package inside. Amazon requires you to purchase their kit for the service, which includes a security camera made by Amazon and a handful of 3rd party smart locks.

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People are taking to Twitter to let Amazon know how they feel about Key, expressing a mix of disbelief, anger, and worry.

When the delivery person arrives, the app sends the customer another note saying the delivery person is at the door.

Their system is a bit simpler: the delivery person is given a one-time code, which opens the door and alerts customers on their smartphones after the carrier enters.

"These individuals are thoroughly vetted, with comprehensive background checks and motor vehicle records reviews".

Amazon Key will launch on November 8 in 37 cities around the U.S. and works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day, and Standard Shipping orders.