Giant tech firms Google and Amazon defended their smart home devices in the first-ever Senate hearing on connected home technologies, on Tuesday.
“In home technology, we see some of the most powerful firms that dominate tech today poised to dominate the platforms of the future,” said Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights.
Google’s Senior Director for Government Affairs Wilson White maintained that their technology allows competition.
“You have several players who are competing in the smart home space: Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, Samsung’s Bixby, Apple’s Siri, the Google Assistant,” White said.
“So it’s a very active, vibrantly competitive space,” he added.
Utah Senator Mike Lee warned against tech companies saying, “Why would we want to give big tech more control and more influence over our daily lives? We know they don’t always exercise this power in the best interest of society.”
“Consumers should choose, not vertically integrated tech giants,” Klobuchar said.
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