Category: Smart Speakers

Alexa, Eavesdrop On My House All Day Under The Guise Of Protecting Me From A Heart Attack

Alexa, Eavesdrop On My House All Day Under The Guise Of Protecting Me From A Heart Attack

Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge | Source URL Today in “Amazon’s reasons to listen to everything that’s going on inside your household” news, its being reported that products like the Amazon Echo could one day be used to detect signs of cardiac arrest, according to Bloomberg. The first signs of cardiac […]

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Sam Biddle | The Intercept | Source URL Last year, a coalition of privacy advocates and child psychologists warned against putting an Amazon Alexa speaker anywhere near your child on the fairly reasonable grounds that developing minds shouldn’t befriend always-on surveillance devices, no matter how cute the packaging. Now, a […]

Amazon is keeping your Alexa data in text form

Victoria Bell | The Daily Mail | Source URL Voice recordings captured by Amazon’s Alexa can be deleted but the automatically produced transcriptions remain in the company’s cloud, according to reports. After Alexa hears its ‘wake’ word, the smart assistant starts listening and transcribing everything it hears. All the voice […]

Restaurants Are Ignoring Calls From Google’s Smart Assistant

Restaurants Are Ignoring Calls From Google’s Smart Assistant

Victor Tangermann | Futurism | Source Hello, This Is Robot Almost exactly a year ago, everyone was flipping out over Google’s newly announced Duplex feature, which basically pretends to be a human assistant in order to make reservations at restaurants or schedule trips to the hairdresser. But the AI-powered assistant has struggled to win over the […]

Amazon Alexa: Illegally Recording Kids, Privacy Advocates Allege

Amazon Alexa: Illegally Recording Kids, Privacy Advocates Allege

Kristin Houser | Futurism | Source URL Creepin’ On Your Kids On Thursday, 19 consumer advocacy and privacy groups announced plans to file a complaint against Amazon with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The complaint alleges that the version of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker designed specifically for use by kids is illegally collecting data on […]

Amazon’s Alexa Reviewers Can Access Customers’ Home Addresses

Bloomberg | Source URL An Amazon.com Inc. team auditing Alexa users’ commands has access to location data and can, in some cases, easily find a customer’s home address, according to five employees familiar with the program. The team, spread across three continents, transcribes, annotates and analyzes a portion of the […]