Hi Alexa, are you recording everything we say?

When Amazon's Alexa hit the shelves and people's homes, the expectation was that we could speak to this device and it could provide us with answers to any question and could interact with us as humans. Having a system listen to our every command in a house aroused the suspicion, "Is this device listening to everything we are saying and recording it?" This risk, the very risk we never wanted to see realised, has occurred for a United States family. An Amazon Alexa device, connected to this family's home, recorded a private conversation, spoken in the house and the device sends the conversation to a random contact. Is technology slowly creeping into our lives and controlling what we say and how we behave? Is this the first phase of genuflecting to technology and is our privacy at home gradually being lost in the digital era?

 

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