Amazon's Alexa recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact

Amazon's Alexa recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact

Amazon's Alexa recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact

A couple from OR were shocked to find out that their Alexa-powered speaker recorded a private conversation in their home and sent to a person in their contact list.

The odd story of technology gone wild takes us to Portland, Oregon, where a woman named Danielle, who declined to give her last name to local media, said her Echo smart speaker recorded a private conversation she had with her husband. Alexa then tried to confirm the name of the person receiving the message, and turned background conversation into an approval to send it.

"At which point, Alexa said out loud "To whom?' At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list".

"I felt invaded", she told KIRO7.

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There have always been accusations that digital assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are constantly listening in on and recording conversations, and recent events in Portland, Oregon are simply going to serve as extra fuel for conspiracy theorists. The pair continued talking in the background and the Echo system interpreted part of the chat to identify a name in the couple's contact list.

'At which point, Alexa said out loud "To whom?"' The woman said the device never told them it was preparing to send the recording.

But she said she'd much rather get a refund and says she's dumped all her Alexa devices from her home.

The device had recorded and transmitted a whole private conversation - thankfully, just one about hardwood floors. In April, Amazon's smart assistant Echo was revealed to contain a coding error that made it easy for hackers to listen in on users' private conversations.

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Danielle explained her whole house was wired with Amazon devices, something not uncommon for fans of the Alexa units.

For what it's worth, Danielle told ABC that there were no audible warnings from Alexa that it (she?) was doing anything. At least, that is what happened to one Portland-based family in an "extremely rare occurrence".

Audible offers "over 200,000 audiobooks to choose from", it'll take literally years of non-stop listening before you could possibly ever run out of content, while the service continues adding new titles on a regular basis anyway. "It told the media that Alexa mistakenly hear the phrase, 'Alexa, laugh, '" and therefore Aleca laughed.

Amazon had then admitted the problem, and said it would roll out a fix for the same. Amazon is yet to clarify this, but many users of the home speakers will ask whether there are cases where Alexa could be recording without their explicit permission.

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