Echo Privacy: How To Stop Amazon From Listening In

by | Apr 20, 2019


Amazon Echo PrivacyHave a question for Alexa? You aren’t the only one waiting for an answer.

Amazon’s at home assistant Echo does everything from telling you the weather to ordering toilet paper. And now we know all those little conversations you have with the machine are being recorded.

According to Bloomberg, thousands of Amazon employees and contractors can listen to what you say to Alexa. That recording could then be transcribed and fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in how the device understands human speech.

Amazon says this process helps it better respond to commands. And to dive further into your not-so private conversations amazon also has chat rooms where they can get help with some of the harder transcripts, ask questions about what they heard or share something amusing they heard.

But if you aren’t on board with people listening in, there is a way to stop amazon from reviewing your recordings through a seven step process.

To see how, click here now. You should have some privacy in your own home.

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