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FRONT PAGE  |  6/24/2019
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019  |  8 comments
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. ...


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News Item5/10/19 7:44 AM
SF from tx  Find all comments by SF from tx
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.
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News Item5/9/19 2:12 PM
anbec | Louisiana  Find all comments by anbec
If the computer servers are listening to everything we say in our house, I am afraid the computer will crash due to boredom.
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News Item5/9/19 6:58 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
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? 😊

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News Item5/9/19 6:33 AM
Buckeyes | USA  Find all comments by Buckeyes
(TMC)
This is a non-story.

“Many smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records **after it hears its name**.”

Then they didn’t read the instruction manual and they’ve 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, “Let’s listen to something... Alexa, play music from My Library” she will transcribe “Alexa, play music from My Library” as a card on your account along with what she played or said in response. She will not record “Let’s listen to something”.

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’s not recording or even connecting to the internet.

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News Item5/8/19 2:28 PM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
Dr. Tim says...
I have a brown goat named Alexa. I wondered why she always insisted on being the one to check the mail."

The goats aren't the ones you should worry about...

Watch for oppossoms hanging under your goat cart...

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News Item5/8/19 2:26 PM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
That's why I don't want, nor have any type of voice activated assistant around me.

That includes having your phone on "hey Google" allowances...

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News Item5/8/19 10:46 AM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
I have a brown goat named Alexa. I wondered why she always insisted on being the one to check the mail.
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News Item5/8/19 9:38 AM
Wayfarer pilgrim | Lubbock, Tx  Find all comments by Wayfarer pilgrim
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’s 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.
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