Amazon is reviewing how its voice-activated speakers work after a woman claimed her Echo device recorded a private conversation in her home and sent it to a contact without her knowledge.
The incident, first reported by a television station in Seattle, set off a fresh round of concerns about the security and privacy risks raised by the widening adoption of internet-connected devices throughout people’s lives, including their homes, writes Shannon Bond at bizjournals.com.
Amazon confirmed the woman’s claim that the speaker had recorded the conversation and sent it to another person, describing it as the result of an “unlikely” chain of events.
Amazon and rivals Apple, Google and Sonos have been pushing to integrate voice technology into all kinds of devices in the home, from speakers to cameras, thermostats and doorbells. The Seattle company recently unveiled a partnership with homebuilder Lennar to showcase its technology in model homes, dubbed “Amazon Experience Centers.”
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