Every word you say.... is being monitored....

Posted by Ed 13 mths ago
If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into The Sea

Remember a couple of weeks ago when we learned that humans were monitoring Amazon Alexa commands, essentially spying on users in the name of product improvement?

Well, we have some more bad news about the always-on microphone that we’ve all invited into our homes. Employees at Amazon can “easily” discover any user’s home address.

The report comes from unnamed Amazon employees who talked with Bloomberg News about the distressing situation:

Team members with access to Alexa users’ geographic coordinates can easily type them into third-party mapping software and find home residences, according to the employees, who signed nondisclosure agreements barring them from speaking publicly about the program.

Bloomberg makes clear that there haven’t been any reports of Amazon employees or contractors actually abusing this power and tracking down users at home. But they say that this backend feature gives employees “unnecessarily broad access to customer data”.

Amazon doesn’t deny that its employees can easily locate users but downplays the significance of these revelations.

“Access to internal tools is highly controlled, and is only granted to a limited number of employees who require these tools to train and improve the service by processing an extremely small sample of interactions,” an Amazon spokesperson told Gizmodo by email.

The only problem? Amazon didn’t specify how many a “limited number” of employees might be. According to Bloomberg, it might be in the thousands.


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Ed 13 mths ago
I am betting that most people are not going to ditch these devices.... even though they are aware that complete strangers are listening in on them.

Even Orwell was unable to envision this dystopian situation....

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Ed 13 mths ago
Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings?

Because that is essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of Alexa users. And now you can find out just what Amazon knows about you...


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