Talk:Amazon Alexa (Amazon Echo)

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I'm interested in the controversy of privacy with Alexa. Alexa is always listening--it has to be in order to determine when its "wake word" is spoken. To me, this is particularly creepy. Even if Amazon as a company is not using this constant stream of audio data that it's collecting, there are potentially malicious other parties that could easily hack into Alexa and gather the data. In my opinion, there need to be hardware on/off switches for things like webcams and microphones. It's too easy to hack into software to access hardware and use data for malicious intent. That is why I personally have a slider over my webcam--I think everyone should. - Nicole Zeffer