Amazon Echo, Who Is Listening?
Amazon announced a new toy today, the Echo, and it looks like an interesting product. It’s a combination of Siri (or Google Now, or Cortana) where you verbally ask questions and it will respond, and a voice activated media server. Though as interesting as the product is as a concept, upon reading the announcement, my immediate thoughts went to an article published last week by Michael Price for Salon magazine. The article details Price’s fears concerning his new Smart TV, specifically his fear that the device is sending all his conversations back to the manufacturer’s servers.
More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be...
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