Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa


Did you hear about this? In the frame of improving the Alexa digital assistant, Amazon listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. Audio is then transcribed with the purpose of fed the software and eliminate gaps between human speech and Alexa understanding, What about privacy and security then?

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Paolo Beffagnotti
6 days ago

4 answers


Paolo Beffagnotti If you want privacy and security don't use Alexa or Siri. They tell their bosses everything!

David Cottrell
3 days ago
Agree but in theory these are supposed to be digital assistant, not to forward confidential information - Paolo 3 days ago
I prefer to think of them as Amazon/Apple employees working for me under a temporary contract. - David 3 days ago
Good interpretation of this! - Paolo 3 days ago

I read this as well. In the beginning I was very concerned.
I then remember when a while back I saw at a Google lobby (if I'm not mistaken) a screen showing search strings that the search engine had received in the past few milliseconds.
For some reason, the Alexa version is more creepy because it has our voice. But the Google version is potentially more dense in information.
Regardless, I felt much less concerned with the Google screen....

What about you?

Thanos Kosmidis
3 days ago
Agree with you, search strings can provide with much more information in a shorter time over and over again. It is not your voice but still what you are writing down. - Paolo 3 days ago

Should surprise no one. And don’t believe that the only purpose is to make the product better. Interesting homeland security court case in the making when they ask for the transcripts.

Anthony Jaccarino
7 hours ago


Patrick Henz
3 days ago
Not really, I could have imagined something similar - Paolo 3 days ago

Have some input?