Smart home speakers can record personal conversations

Brenda Watkins
May 30, 2018

"I felt invaded. A total privacy invasion".

Amazon said in its statement that Alexa said two things out loud during the incident. However, last week it was revealed that a recording of a Portland woman was sent accidentally to someone in the family's contact list. "But Amazon is fighting back hard, and the sheer quantity of Alexa Skills and smart home integrations will be tough for any competitor to match". Likewise, the feature also allows customers to open specific LG webOS Smart TV apps through simple commands like "Alexa, ask LG to launch YouTube on my bedroom TV". You will be given a confirmation by Alexa as she will tell you how good a job you have done. Amazon makes all recent recordings available for listening in the companion Alexa app for iOS and Android.

"When the automobile was first introduced, or the airplane or the computer, it took time for us to understand the good and bad they came with", he said. If you are a new Echo user, you can skip this step and deny it permission. In such a case you would have to select the device you want to interact while adding the voice profile. You can, however, mute individual contacts in the app.

To quickly delete all of Alexa's recordings, you must open your Amazon account on a desktop. Especially if its excellent microphones pick up your voice in a different room. Once Alexa has learned your voice, all the other devices that you initially turned off, will also be able to recognize your voice through Alexa. Even so, those anxious that the same might happen to them can check what conversations Alexa has recorded and delete anything they don't want stored.

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When you want to be extra sure a smart speaker isn't listening, mute it.

If you have Echo speakers in your home too, there's no need to be alarmed. The light ring on the top of an Echo turns red when it is muted. Users can review, listen and delete the audio Amazon holds on them in their Echo settings menu.

Smart Artificial Intelligence powered devices have caught the attention of the masses, according to the first quarter results announced by different companies, as compared with past year, this technology segment has shown a yearly increase of around 210 percent in 2018.

While people are wringing their hands over the Echo, it's not the only potential privacy risk in your home. But analyst Canalys believes that Google shipped 3.2 million smart speakers in Q1 2018 to grab a 36.2% market share with Amazon shipping just 2.5 million smart speakers for a 27.7% market share. Amazon and Google are the leading sellers of such devices.

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