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Eldorado

Amazon staff listen to Alexa "conversations"

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Eldorado

"Amazon customers have complained that their privacy has been violated after it emerged that the company employs hundreds of people to listen to recordings of them speaking to their Alexa devices.

The company can listen to audio from all Echo devices, including the millions of UK households which use Alexa."

Full report at UK Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/04/11/amazon-employees-listen-thousands-customer-alexa-recordings/

At Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio

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RoofGardener

ROFL.. and people don't realise this ? 

I wouldn't have one of those machines in my house !

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Dumbledore the Awesome

This Alexa device, is it an Amazon product then?

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danydandan

Did people really expect otherwise?

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glorybebe
1 hour ago, Vlad the Mighty said:

This Alexa device, is it an Amazon product then?

Yes.  Abd Google home and mini do the same thing.  

Now, how else could it be ready for commands if it is not listening in?  For people who are disabled, this is a great invention to give them some independence.  For others  get out of bed, go to the kitchen and shut off the light!  Really that lazy?

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Iilaa'mpuul'xem

Jesus.... Really?.. :lol:

My conversations have been listened to for decades, to the point where I have fun with it.. I sent a few letters to @Piney when he was inside and both Countries came to the conclusion, I was going to break him out with an elite team of specialists. 

I would have just done it, not bloody write to tell him I was going to do it :lol::lol: 

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Piney
1 minute ago, Iilaa'mpuul'xem said:

I would have just done it, not bloody write to tell him I was going to do it :lol::lol: 

The supermax had these big bay windows in the main area by the phones. I would jokingly visualize a UH-1 hanging outside of it with a half dozen House Gurkha hanging out of that and smile at what the SOG team reaction would be. :lol:

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moonman

It's no surprise they do it, but what good reason do they have for collecting actual audio off Alexa?

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aztek
43 minutes ago, moonman said:

It's no surprise they do it, but what good reason do they have for collecting actual audio off Alexa?

to make your experience with alexa better.

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moonman
7 hours ago, aztek said:

to make your experience with alexa better.

No, they could just read transcripts - or maybe that's what they are doing. Actual recorded audio sent back to HQ just seems...wasteful overkill.

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ParanormalKris

        Leave Amazon Alone! The only thing is with the Echo is Someone Made A Stupid Manifestation, So People Believe that Someone is Spying in. It can Easily Happen to Google Home too. Another thing. It always has Been The CIA Who was Spying on Us. But Now is Amazon Who is Spying on Us, Come on People, You are Smarter then this. Amazon Even Made the Echo Say " I am not spying in on you" or " I only record you when you First Boot me up". 

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Eldorado

"Amazon Alexa will soon record EVERYTHING you say"

"Alexa's poor reputation for privacy may soon worsen as a patent filed by the firm suggests the virtual assistant may start listening before its 'wake word' is said.

"Under the plans Alexa will be able to detect when it is being given a command even if the wake word is said at the end of the sentence instead of at the front.   

"The move raises concerns over user privacy as Alexa will, by default, always be listening to conversations on the off-chance its wakeword is spoken."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7077775/Amazons-Alexa-listen-say.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed

Elsewhere...

"US pair's private chat sent to coworker by AI bug"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/24/alexa_recording_couple/

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RabidMongoose
On ‎11‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 12:10 PM, Eldorado said:

"Amazon customers have complained that their privacy has been violated after it emerged that the company employs hundreds of people to listen to recordings of them speaking to their Alexa devices.

The company can listen to audio from all Echo devices, including the millions of UK households which use Alexa."

Full report at UK Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/04/11/amazon-employees-listen-thousands-customer-alexa-recordings/

At Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio

Well come on, if you say you want to buy …… and your electronic devices are capable of acting on that from Alexa to your smartphones then they all know the items you are after.

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