Is Amazon’s Alexa secretly recording your conversations and sending them out to...someplace else?
May 24, 2018
By B. Tanner
(SEATTLE, WA.) – How many times have you either said or heard someone say, “I wouldn’t have one of those creepy Alexa speakers in my house. What guarantees do I have the thing isn’t secretly recording everything we say?”
Well, a Portland family contacted Amazon (which makes and sells Alexa) to tell them that’s exactly what happened to them.
They say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Alexa (the infamous voice-controlled “smart speaker”) and to add injury to that, the recorded audio of what they said was sent without their permission or knowledge to the phone of a random person in Seattle who was in the family’s contact list, according to a report by KIRO-TV in Seattle.
The upshot? According to the TV report, “When KIRO 7 asked Amazon questions, they sent this response: “Amazon takes privacy very seriously. We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future."
Oooops. How interesting. How very interesting.
And just how did the family find out about that interesting angle of Alexa? They get a phone call from one of the employees of the husband in the family, who is in Seattle. That person says: "Unplug your Alexa devices right now. You're being hacked.'"
Holy freaking moly. And they say we have nothing to fear in the future from robots that are juiced high to the gills with all manner of AI (artificial intelligence) and unlimited cloud storage of….all kinds of stuff….forever?
Fascinating story and a…..cautionary tale perhaps? More here .