Recent Alexa Mishap Brings New Privacy Concerns

Recent Alexa Mishap Brings New Privacy Concerns

Amazon unveiled the Echo back in 2014. Shortly afterwards, the Alexa Developer’s Kit was released and people could teach the device to do new things. Right from the beginning, privacy groups had concerns with the idea of an Internet-connected device listening to things in your home. These concerns are coming to the forefront again in reference to a recent event that happened in Oregon. Evidently, an Echo device accidentally recorded a couple’s private conversation and sent it to a coworker. Amazon claims Alexa misheard certain commands in the couple’s conversation and took action based on what it thought they were saying. Luckily, no harm was done, but it does show what can happen when we have robots that are always listening.

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