Alexa IS listening to your conversations

Alexa Has An Evil Big Brother

Alexa Has An Evil Big Brother

"They work nine hours a day, with each reviewer parsing as many as 1,000 audio clips per shift, according to two workers based at Amazon's Bucharest office..." according to the Bloomberg article.

Experts are growing tired about using home speakers like the Echo or Google Home for medical consults as privacy issues grow, CNBC reports. We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order improve the customer experience. Eavesdroppers At least - that is what we were led to believe.

Doing so will opt you out of some aspects of Amazon's voice study, although their team may still analyse your recordings "by hand". "The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa's understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands". "But they won't tell you everything", he added, a bug Amazon has clearly been working on since.

Concerns have been raised by some in the past that smart speaker systems could be used to listening into to user conversations, often with the aim of targeting users with advertising.

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While the company claims this only happens after the wake word is used, not every user is on board with having their conversations analyzed by a human being.

'We have strict technical and operational safeguards, and have a zero tolerance policy for the abuse of our system, ' the spokesperson said.

The company also stated that employees can not identify the person or account relating to the voice recordings.

This may be something scary to learn, but Amazon AMZN workers are reportedly listening to conversations that people have with Alexa. "All information is treated with high confidentiality and we use multi-factor authentication to restrict access, service encryption, and audits of our control environment to protect it". Of course, if you want to be totally sure Amazon isn't listening in, you could always stop using their digital voice assistant altogether - but of course, we know that's unlikely to happen.

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