Tuesday, November 30

TikToker Finds Over 3,500 Voice Clips After Downloading Your Data From Amazon

If privacy permissions are not restricted, Amazon may store voice recordings when talking to Alexa, as well as images and videos collected or stored in connection with the company’s services.


TikTok user @ my.data.not.yours shared a video after finding out that Amazon had 3,534 recordings of his voice, apparently recorded by his Alexa speakers, as well as details of his contacts and precise information of his location, published Indy100.

Many of us ignore what we authorize on the internet when we register somewhere and later we are surprised by what we allow them to do with our information, when we accept without reading the privacy policies.

When user @ my.data.not.yours found out that Amazon can store voice recordings when talking to AlexaAs well as images and videos “collected or stored in connection with the Amazon Services”, she requested her information from the technology giant, as she has two Dots and an Echo.

When her request came, the ticktoker was surprised to discover more than 3,534 audio clips of her talking to her Alexa devices.

He also received a complete list of the contacts you have on your phone, although she does not recall synchronizing that information. As if that were not enough, he also received precise data of your location.

As expected, his video went viral and so far with 2.7 million visits and more than 190,000 likes, with a large number of comments:

“You mean they keep all the clips of me verbally assaulting my Alexa when she’s not listening?”, wrote a follower on his account along with a laughing emoji.

Another person commented: “Can anyone explain to me? because this is ‘scary’. I’m not interesting enough to care if they have my contacts or my audio. “

And what does Amazon say?

Indy100 shared the company’s response:

About Alexa recordings: “We provide customers with transparency and control over their Alexa experience. Customers can easily review and delete their voice recordings, or choose not to save them at all, at any time. “

About him collection of telephone contacts responded: “Customers can import their mobile phone contacts into the Alexa app so they can use features like hands-free calling and messaging; This optional feature, which customers must configure, can be disabled at any time ”.

And about the data on the users location noted: “Lastly, you can grant permissions for the Alexa app to use certain data, such as the geographic location of your mobile device, to provide relevant results (eg, Weather, traffic, restaurant recommendations), and you can manage these permissions in the application ”.

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