Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

May 11, 2019   |   Category: Prophecy News   |   Tags: ,

Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, “Are you crazy?”

Yet that’s essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it’s hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley’s next frontier.

Many smart-speaker owners don’t realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records after it hears its name. Apple’s Siri, and until recently Google’s Assistant, by default also keep recordings to help train their artificial intelligences.

So come with me on an unwelcome walk down memory lane. I listened to four years of my Alexa archive and found thousands of fragments of my life: spaghetti-timer requests, joking houseguests and random snippets of “Downton Abbey.” There were even sensitive conversations that somehow triggered Alexa’s “wake word” to start recording, including my family discussing medication and a friend conducting a business deal.


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8 Responses to “Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time”

  1. Jonelle Vargo

    WOW–shades of 1984 movie! You have already warned us about big brother…and this just confirms it. We need to wake up and pay attention and become more careful…turn Alexa off when we need to have a serious discussions!!

    • Annonymous

      Your smart phone is doing it too. If you are discussing a subject out loud you may notice an advertisement come up on your phone of that very thing on Google the next time you use it. I have had this happen and so has a coworker.