Telling all your secrets to Facebook and Google? Careful what devices you bring home

Telling all your secrets to Facebook and Google? Careful what devices you bring home

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[USA Today] Most of us are familiar with the Amazon Echo or Google Home by now. The voice-activated assistance devices can do everything from stream music to control the lights in your house.

VIDEO: [Fox News] Tucker Carlson reviews several patents filed by Google that commit astonishing invasions of privacy. [Feb. 6, 2018]


They also eavesdrop on you all the live-long day.

Google and Amazon like to stress that it ain’t that simple. As WIRED magazine’s Brian Barrett told NPR earlier this year, the devices listen all the time, but don’t actually collect and send out what you say until you utter a trigger word. For Amazon it’s “Alexa.” For Google it’s “Hey, Google.”

However, “We’re listening, but we promise not to tell anyone anything you say” isn’t a comforting sentiment when it comes from data-hungry corporations.

And mistakes happen. Take what happened to a woman in Portland, Oregon, earlier this year.

She told KIRO 7 that her Echo device recorded a conversation between her and her husband. Then it sent that recording to one of her husband’s co-workers.

This article continues at [USA Today] Did you unwrap some cool tech toys this Christmas? Careful what you say around them.

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