Saturday, November 8, 2014

New Amazon Device Uses Voice Recognition to Track Users in Their Homes

Do you *REALLY* want to spend your own cash to place an NSA listening Post inside your own home?
Amazon unveiled its new digital assistant the “Echo” this week, a cloud-connected device that is “always on.”
Controlled by a user’s voice, Amazon boasts the device’s ability to answer questions, provide weather updates, and play music.
“Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It’s always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more,” Amazon states. “Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, ‘Alexa.’ It’s also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.”
While the Echo is always activated, Amazon assures its customers that “Alexa” will only listen when a user asks.
Given Amazon’s history of selling privacy-invading devices, such as the company’s “Fire Phone,” the safety of any collected personal information is in question, especially in light of recent news surrounding cloud security.

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