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Smart Speakers “Accidentally” Listen Up To 19 Times A Day

by Kristina Panos, HACKADAY

In the spring of 2018, a couple in Portland, OR reported to a local news station that their Amazon Echo had recorded a conversation without their knowledge, and then sent that recording to someone in their contacts list. As it turned out, the commands Alexa followed came were issued by television dialogue. The whole thing took a sitcom-sized string of coincidences to happen, but it happened. Good thing the conversation was only about hardwood floors.

But of course these smart speakers are listening all the time, at least locally. How else are they going to know that someone uttered one of their wake words, or something close enough? It would sure help a lot if we could change the wake word to something like ‘rutabaga’ or ‘supercalifragilistic’, but they probably have ASICs that are made to listen for a few specific words. On the Echo for example, your only choices are “Alexa”, “Amazon”, “Echo”, or “Computer”.

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This simple trick stops Google, Amazon and Facebook from listening to you all the time

by Jessica Guynn, USA Today

Smart home devices from Google, Amazon and Facebook are engineered to listen for your commands and respond to them. Usually, they only engage when you say your “wake” word such as “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.”

But these devices are always listening.

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How Do I Use a Smart Speaker Without an Assistant Spying on Me?

by David Murphy, lifehacker

This is a fun one—connected speakers without voice access. Data privacy is near and dear to my heart, and I completely understand why you wouldn’t want something in your house listening to your every word(even if it’s just to determine whether you want the device to activate and respond to a command).

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