Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time
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....
Amazon admits to hiring over a 1000 people to listen in via Alexa for quality purposes. This is old news. Not conspiracy. Best just to tell Alexa to bug off and do the work the old fashioned way, i.e. look it up yourself.
Thanks TMC...people get all worked up over absolutely nothing. The reason why this story gained so much traction, was because of the writers choice of words, eavesdropping, which gets everyone to stand to attention and start talking conspiracy.
Just like when AG Barr used the word, spying, instead of, intelligence gathering, etc....words have power. Now poor Ms Alexa has got to go, because she's a super spy, and logged me asking her to play, Amazing Grace. I can't have such personal information being recorded, because what if it gets into the wrong hands? ūüėä
‚ÄúMany smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records **after it hears its name**.‚ÄĚ
Then they didn‚Äôt read the instruction manual and they‚Äôve never been on their Alexa account online (which is where you have to go to configure the settings on Alexa in the first place)! If you say, ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs listen to something... Alexa, play music from My Library‚ÄĚ she will transcribe ‚ÄúAlexa, play music from My Library‚ÄĚ as a card on your account along with what she played or said in response. She will not record ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs listen to something‚ÄĚ.
Those cards are readily available front and center on your Alexa account. This allows you to see what everyone else in your family has been requesting, which is great for parents; and you can delete cards you do not wish them to store.
Bottom line, asking Alexa a question is no different then typing in a web search- a log is being kept and could be used against you at any time. Proceed with caution. However, unless she lights up, she‚Äôs not recording or even connecting to the internet.
Babylon has been here all along, whether its forcing Chinese Christians to having their faces processed through a face recognition camera, Reyna scans for employees, use of smart phones tracking everything you do of alexia answering or spying. Did you know the monitor inside the old magavox television console from the sixties could see and hear your going‚Äôs on if turned on to listen to dear old Walter Cronkite? Babylon never left, that thing about being gentle as doves and wise as serpents is lacking, though.