Yes! Yes! Yes! Smart speakers record your intimate me-time

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Yes! Yes! Yes! Smart speakers record your intimate me-time

Amazon, Apple and Google may be recording private conversations triggered by accidental ‘wakes’

Michael Cogley

Smart speakers such as Amazon’s Echo series, Google’s Home and Apple’s HomePod accidentally record conversations up to 19 times per day, a new study has found.

Digital assistants have become much more pervasive in people’s homes in recent years with more than 100 million Alexa devices sold to date. The rapid widespread adoption of the devices has sparked fears that the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google may be recording intimate conversations.

The devices do not constantly listen to our conversations but they do activate their microphones up to 19 times a day without users’ permission, according to a new study from Northeastern University in Boston...

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