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VERY IMPORTANT RE: Alexa - Amazon Echo

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Today I learned 2 things that are very important to know about Alexa:

1) When you ask her a question, if there is someone else talking in the background, Alexa will record their voice as well. Over time Alexa gets to know your specific voice and can pick it out of a few people speaking at the same time, she will also record anyone else talking while you are talking. You may wish to review what she has recorded and delete some or all of what is recorded. Here is how:

2) How to listen to everything Amazon Echo has ever heard. 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 you’re probably not using but should.

The downside is that Amazon stores a recording of every voice command you’ve issued to Alexa — not just in the device itself, but on Amazon’s servers.

Many owners feel a little weird about these voice recordings. What does Amazon plan to do with them? Can 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?

Why Amazon stores your voice

First, let’s address why the device stores your voice in the first place. In brief, Alexa wants to obey your every command, but no matter how lifelike “she” may be, you are still a human being talking to a machine, which has no intuition.

Tip within a tip: Click here for ways to control your home with Amazon Alexa and your voice.

For the software to learn, it must adapt to your style of speaking. Some people mumble; others have thick accents. Gradually, Echo gets better at understanding you.

Is Amazon Echo always listening? ..Continued..

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