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SOFT NEWS Here's How To Review All The Recordings Alexa Has Of You
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  1. #1
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    Here's How To Review All The Recordings Alexa Has Of You

    Guess who wrote the following text:

    When Alexa runs your home, Amazon tracks you in more ways than you might want

    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.
    If you did not say the Washington Post, arguably the most influential political newspaper which for the past few years has been owned by the world's richest man, Amazon founder and Donald Trump nemesis, Jeff Bezos, you could be forgiven: after all, the last thing your newspaper should be publishing is an in depth analysis into how you are spying on virtually every person who was gullible enough to buy your products which turned out to be nothing but a massive espionage operation that would make the NKVD blush.

    But lest the point of the article is lost a quick glance at the title should help: Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time.

    What we find strange, however, is that even though it has now been fully documented and thoroughly disclosed that Alexa is a not so hidden microphone allowing Bezos and his minions, potentially including journalists from the WaPo, to listen in on every single word that is said in Alexa's vicinity, Americans not only have not boycotted the product but continued to buy it: yes, they are paying to be spied upon!

    That said, one can always hope that a casual glimpse into just how much information Alexa has collected on each and every American, will finally stop this ludicrous behavior. Luckily, there's a website for that.

    Following the recent pieces from Bloomberg and others exposing Alexa's mass surveillance operation, everyone can listen in to their own Alexa archive at the following address, by clicking on "Review Voice History."



    But wait it gets better: as the WaPo writes," Amazon says it keeps our recordings to improve products, not to sell them. (That’s also a Facebook line.) But anytime personal data sticks around, it’s at risk. Remember the family that had Alexa accidentally send a recording of a conversation to a random contact? We’ve also seen judges issue warrants for Alexa recordings. "

    And it's not just Alexa: Inspired by what the WaPo's tech columnist Geoffrey Folwer found in his Alexa voice archive, he wondered: What other activities in my smart home are tech companies recording? His answer:

    I found enough personal data to make even the East German secret police blush.

    When I’m up for a midnight snack, Google knows. My Nest thermostat, made by Google, reports back to its servers’ data in 15-minute increments about not only the climate in my house but also whether there’s anyone moving around (as determined by a presence sensor used to trigger the heat). You can delete your account, but otherwise Nest saves it indefinitely.

    Then there are lights, which can reveal what time you go to bed and do almost anything else. My Philips Hue-connected lights track every time they’re switched on and off — data the company keeps forever if you connect to its cloud service (which is required to operate them with Alexa or Assistant).

    Every kind of appliance now is becoming a data-collection device. My Chamberlain MyQ garage opener lets the company keep — again, indefinitely — a record of every time my door opens or closes. My Sonos speakers, by default, track what albums, playlists or stations I’ve listened to, and when I press play, pause, skip or pump up the volume. At least they hold on to my sonic history for only six months.

    And now the craziest part: After quizzing these companies about data practices, I learned that most are sharing what’s happening in my home with Amazon, too. Our data is the price of entry for devices that want to integrate with Alexa. Amazon’s not only eavesdropping — it’s tracking everything happening in your home.
    So for all those addicts who still need to feel at the forefront of the technological revolution and just can't part ways with their in home eavesdropping devices carefully disguised as products meant to make your life easier, we have just one piece of advice:



    For everyone else, well, we hope you enjoy having your most intimate secrets and details of your life be the talk of the town in some secretive Amazon office half way around the world.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...-alexa-has-you
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    Don't use Alexa or any other voice activated connection to the internet....

    We don't....

    Texican....

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    Holy crap! Can't wait to pass this on to my SIL... his parents gave them Alexa for Christmas a couple years ago, and i think he (and my beloved, but dumb, daughter) felt they couldn't insult the parents by refusing it or not using it.

    The only thing I've seen it used for is their young sons messing around requesting it to play stupid songs, but still!!

    I'm gonna print this out and show it to him.

    Summerthyme

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    if it has a microphone i did not install myself i wont buy it.
    ham radios excluded as i have to turn on the microphone my self to use it.
    Consilio Non Impetu (By wisdom, not by rashness)

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    Folks: Just FYI. If you have an Amazon Firestick on the TV or an Amazon Fire tablet, you own an Alexa. Alexa is installed on both.
    Would be wise to see what they have, and what your settings are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Folks: Just FYI. If you have an Amazon Firestick on the TV or an Amazon Fire tablet, you own an Alexa. Alexa is installed on both.
    Would be wise to see what they have, and what your settings are.
    I wonder if it's the same for Roku?
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    I live alone. My only conversations are with the dogs. If “they” want to hear “good puppy good puppy good puppy!” over and over (oh, and various snarls, growls and barks), I can live with that. If I ever have a life again and companionship, I’ll have to re-evaluate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by straightstreet View Post
    I wonder if it's the same for Roku?
    Can you give verbal commands to a Roku? I've never lived with one, so I don't know how they work. If so, the exchanges may be stored "somewhere".

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    I don't buy it that they're letting you delete anything. They're letting you simulate a deletion so you feel better.
    Better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.

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    Reminds me of WALL-E.

    They told you it was going to happen. And everybody was like it's so cute.
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    If a person could design something similar that was guaranteed not to spy on you, I'd bet it'd sell like hot cakes. I'm phasing my use of alexa out, but dang I love changing pandora and iheart stations by simply asking it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intowolves View Post
    If a person could design something similar that was guaranteed not to spy on you, I'd bet it'd sell like hot cakes. I'm phasing my use of alexa out, but dang I love changing pandora and iheart stations by simply asking it to.
    That's what the knob on the radio is for LOL. 'Course once you get it set on a station you can snatch it off, so no one can change the channel. Bet 'cha can't do that with the young missy. LOL just poking at you.
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    Whatever. They keep everything.

    o)<

    mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by bw View Post
    I don't buy it that they're letting you delete anything. They're letting you simulate a deletion so you feel better.
    I don't either. It probably hears and records everything. No way would I have one of these Orwellian gadgets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    “good puppy good puppy good puppy!” over and over (oh, and various snarls, growls and barks)
    Do both come from you?




    “good puppy good puppy good puppy!”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    I live alone. My only conversations are with the dogs. If “they” want to hear “good puppy good puppy good puppy!” over and over (oh, and various snarls, growls and barks), I can live with that. If I ever have a life again and companionship, I’ll have to re-evaluate.
    Same in this household...only I also have a 13 yr old grandson living here most of the time...we are boring.. There's a lot of me saying "go do your school work and leave it" between him and the pup. If there is anything I want to talk about in private, I go in the garage. But I am sure the satellites hear that, too. so whatever.....

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    As my wife and I age in place here at home, Alexa and its voice control over devices is very handy. The intercom is useful too. Is there a data base about our daily lives out there, somewhere, no doubt. I do know how to disconnect them and ensure they can't operate if need be.
    My Mate Winston

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Can you give verbal commands to a Roku? I've never lived with one, so I don't know how they work. If so, the exchanges may be stored "somewhere".
    No verbal commands so that's good.
    I once was blind but now I see!...
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    By the way.. if you go to the original zero hedge article, you cab click on "the following address" which is a l8ve link that didn't carry over to the post.

    Summerthyme

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