Amazon Alexa recording ‘bug’ shows how little we actually know about our smart home gadgets

Amazon Alexa recording conversations vs Google Home

Yesterday, the news cycle worked overtime to first bring us the story of how an Amazon Echo secretly sent recordings of a couple's conversations to a friend, and then to explain why that happened. Amazon says that the glitch was caused by the Echo inadvertently interpreting a word as "Alexa," a follow-up phrase as "send message," and then the name of someone who was in their contacts list.

Amazon is trying to brush the story off as "hey, that's weird!" and in isolation, this bug doesn't seem all that serious. But what this story reveals is how little we actually know about our smart speakers, what they're recording that they shouldn't be, and how often they listen in on conversations that they shouldn't.

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Amazon Alexa recording ‘bug’ shows how little we actually know about our smart home gadgets originally appeared on BGR.com on Sat, 26 May 2018 at 12:00:31 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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