If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret. The device records a lot of what you say. Deep inside that dark tower, Echo keeps a vast trove of recordings. Your voice is preserved. Your friends’ voices are preserved. Anyone who has ever been to your house and said, “Alexa!” has contributed to its great library of human sound.
On the upside, this amazing technology puts instant information a voice command away. Most people have no idea that you can do much more than get the latest weather or listen to your favorite tunes. Click here for a list of Alexa commands that you’re probably not using but should.
The downside is that Amazon stores an audio recording of every voice command you’ve issued to Alexa, not just in the device itself, but on Amazon’s servers.
Most owners feel a little weird about these voice recordings. What does Amazon plan to do with what I say? Will someone break into Alexa and hack my voice? Can law enforcement access my recordings? Is Amazon going to use these sound files for some dastardly plan?
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I've been wondering if there way a way to listen to / delete Alexa's history, and here it is.
And very timely, especially since I just purchased 3 Echo Dot boxes!
Merely one reason to never buy any of them. You're paying people to spy on you... 0_o
I'm skeptical about "Data Collectors" then saying you can delete what they've saved. I don't believe it for a minute. Stuff stored on servers is backed up and who knows where it goes from there.
It's just a "warm & fuzzy" to make you feel in control, when in fact you've been taken in again.
I wouldn't have one of these spies anywhere in my house.
thanks for the information. I just got one for Christmas and was wondering if it was "listening."
It totally amazes my how you constantly hear people complaining about the loss of privacy. Then those same braino's go out and buy, Googles, Amazons in home spies which are constantly listening to whatever goes on in your home. Witness the fact that it"wakes" on a certain command which proves it is not SLEEPING ! ,
We've both been skeptics of the Privacy factors, Face Book is Evil! Amazon will be very dangerous soon as it already controls 3/4ths of everything and has plenty of money to buy the Politicos for any law Changes or Enactments! Now that at least 70% of Households have monitors listening in on everything that goes on, where to next?
Yes there is. Go to SETTINGS then scroll down to HISTORY. That is the only way I know of
What if after 9-11-2001 the Government proposed that a way to find suspected terrorists was to mandate that every home, apartment, shack, trailer, whatever, must have one of these devices installed and operational. Would there have been a public backlash? Does privacy mean less today than it did 15+ years ago?
People are quick to want the latest electronic gadget, no matter what the "cost".
The term "Big Brother" is watching you has a whole different scary meaning today.
I only just read 1984 recently and in that story almost everyone is being monitored in their homes 24/7/365.
Just like the Google and Amazon thingy'.
Everything within earshot, presumably only "listening" for you to utter the magic words. Just like your "click habits" are sold for profit as you surf the web, it would be easy and very profitable to sell your conversations in your home...
If you've got one of these thingies.. put it next to a radio.. perhaps a talk show or something else.. let it listen and record all that!
Who knows, perhaps it'll be sued for recording a show without permission!
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