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Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, "Are you crazy?"
Yet that's essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it's hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley's next frontier.
Many smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records after it hears its name. Apple's Siri, and until recently Google's Assistant, by default also keep recordings to help train their artificial intelligences.
So come with me on an unwelcome walk down memory lane. I listened to four years of my Alexa archive and found thousands of fragments of my life: spaghetti-timer requests, joking houseguests and random snippets of "Downton Abbey." There were even sensitive conversations that somehow triggered Alexa's "wake word" to start recording, including my family discussing medication and a friend conducting a business deal.
You can listen to your own Alexa archive here. Let me know what you unearth.
For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It's easy to rationalize away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn't know enough to matter. But across the increasingly connected home, there's a brazen data grab going on, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check.
Let's not repeat the mistakes of Facebook in our smart homes. Any personal data that's collected can and will be used against us. An obvious place to begin: Alexa, stop recording us.
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"Eavesdropping" is a sensitive word for Amazon, which has battled lots of consumer confusion about when
Al Cannistra's insight:

HEADS UP FOLKS....

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Here’s How People Say Google Home And Alexa Impact Their Lives

Here’s How People Say Google Home And Alexa Impact Their Lives | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Do you ever ask Alexa or Google Home for something and then say “Thank you” when you get what you’re looking for?

I do, often in spite of myself, and there’s a pretty good chance you do too. In fact, there’s a 41% chance of that.
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of course i say "thank you" to the machines....   they are in their infancy but time will prove them to be sentient beings (oh, come on - just watch Star Trek and you will know that)...  then there are people who don't seem to know how to say "thank you" even to another human being - do you "thank you"?

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