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Opinion: Amazon Wants a Key to Your House. I Did It, and I Regret It.

I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I'm not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least troubling part of the experience.

Once Amazon owned my door, I was locked into an all-Amazon world.

When Amazon first floated the idea of Amazon Key, an internet-connected lock it can access, people had two responses. 1) THIS IS CREEPY. 2) I kind of want this, so my packages don't get stolen.

But make no mistake, the $250 Amazon Key isn't just about stopping thieves. It's the most aggressive effort I've seen from a tech giant to connect your home to the internet in a way that puts itself at the center.

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, but I review all tech with the same critical eye. So I put an Amazon-compatible smart lock on my door (installation was included) and hooked up its companion Cloud Cam nearby to record who comes and goes. Then I ordered enough Amazon packages to earn overtime for Santa's elves.

The good news is nobody ran off with my boxes — or burgled my house.

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Once Amazon owned my door, I was locked into an all-Amazon world.

When Amazon first floated the idea of Amazon Key, an internet-connected lock it can access, people had two responses. 1) THIS IS CREEPY. 2) I kind of want this, so my packages don't get stolen.

But make no mistake, the $250 Amazon Key isn't just about stopping thieves. It's the most aggressive effort I've seen from a tech giant to connect your home to the internet in a way that puts itself at the center.

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, but I review all tech with the same critical eye. So I put an Amazon-compatible smart lock on my door (installation was included) and hooked up its companion Cloud Cam nearby to record who comes and goes. Then I ordered enough Amazon packages to earn overtime for Santa's elves.

The good news is nobody ran off with my boxes — or burgled my house.

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