Amazon admits it holds onto your voice recordings indefinitely

  
Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 weeks ago  •  12 comments

Amazon admits it holds onto your voice recordings indefinitely
In a letter to Congress, the online shopping giant reveals that even if you delete voice recordings from Alexa or Echo, Amazon holds onto a record of what you say.

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

Do you trust Amazon?

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
1.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1    2 weeks ago

Who would trust any entity that harbors data collected by any third party they have no control over.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2  FLYNAVY1    2 weeks ago

To ship purchases for delivery.... yes.  As far as internet security and privacy.....Hell No!

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.1  Kathleen  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2    2 weeks ago

Same here.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2    2 weeks ago

Agreed. I don't use either of those two devices anyway.  For other than shipping, I trust Amazon only slightly more than I do Facebook. Zuck has run  amok!

 
 
 
SteevieGee
3  SteevieGee    2 weeks ago

Mrs. Gee bought me an echo years ago when they first came out.  I sent it back.  It may not do anything until you say alexa but it is ALWAYS LISTENING TO YOU and, apparently, recording you.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
4  The Magic Eight Ball    2 weeks ago
In a letter to Congress, the online shopping giant reveals that even if you delete voice recordings from Alexa or Echo, Amazon holds onto a record of what you say.

hold up... people had to be told this was going on?   LOL

 
 
 
It Is ME
5  It Is ME    2 weeks ago

I don't even trust my own "Smart Phone" !

It's "Smarter" than I am. It's like it "KNOWS ME" without "ME" even asking !

Don't have the other "Intelligent" stuff for just that reason.

 
 
 
charger 383
6  charger 383    2 weeks ago

I don't really trust the alarm clock any more

 
 
 
TᵢG
7  TᵢG    2 weeks ago

Two scenarios:

  1. Echo records all audio within its range.   That would mean normal conversations that do not involve interacting with the device.   That is, audio that was not preceded by "Alexa, ..."
  2. Echo records all interactions directed to it.   That means it records every command issued such as: 'Alexa, weather' or 'Alexa, reorder toilet paper' or 'Alexa drop in on Kyle'.

Scenario 1 is outrageous.   If this were found to be true then Amazon would be in major trouble.   This could kill the Echo product line.

Scenario 2 is common.  Every time we do something online with anyone (not just Amazon) and, indeed, every time we do a search our interactions are recorded in perpetuity.   The fact that the interaction is voice rather than simply text is immaterial.  


And it is going to get worse.   For example, do you stop and consider the fact that your smart phone tracks you?   That your credit card usage tracks you?   That driving in your modern smart car tracks you?

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
8  Mark in Wyoming    2 weeks ago

Simple question, don't these things come with an "OFF " button or are they shipped and permanently in an activated on setting forever?

 
 
 
TᵢG
8.1  TᵢG  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @8    2 weeks ago

In this case, you can only unplug the device from its power source or detach it from its WiFi source.   Either way, the device becomes a paper weight.

 
 
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