Your 'Personal Attendant' Is Listening

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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories and their propagators.

If you saw my email inbox, you’d know why.

But I’m willing to suspend disbelief in the case of Amazon, the global mega-corporation that is actively eavesdropping on your private conversations if you have one of their Echo devices in your home or office.

According to Bloomberg news, in offices around the world—including one in Boston—teams of Amazon employees spend nine hours a day reviewing thousands of audio clips gathered by the Echo.

“The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands,” reports Bloomberg.

Sounds benign enough, until you learn that the clips can be traced back to you, and that there is really no barrier to an Amazon employee using the material for nefarious purposes.

The truth is, none of these big tech companies can be trusted to safeguard your privacy.

Their business model rests on acquiring as much data about you as they can and monetizing it. It would cost them a bundle to truly take responsibility for protecting you, and why should they?

You are willingly bringing their surveillance into your home, because of all the “free” services and convenience you get out of it, right?

That Amazon logo, the one that looks like a smile?

Maybe it more of a smirk, and the laugh’s on you.

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