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Registered: ‎11-03-2013

Re: Be Careful What You Say Around Echo Devices

I had an Echo (miss it and am still mad that I broke it) and now have a Dot (gets the job done but it's no Echo).  I am not surprised to read that these devices are more active than advertised.  Mine is only plugged in when I will be interacting with it (listening to radio programs, podcasts, tunes) but then I unplug it.  What skeeves me out are the stories about people having conversations and then all of a sudden there are helpful ads for the topic being discussed.  It's just me so I don't have to worry about conversations but man cell phone snooping is a biggee for me.

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Posts: 447
Registered: ‎03-25-2010

Re: Be Careful What You Say Around Echo Devices

I use my Alexa to play music in the living room and my Dot as a timer in the kitchen.  My daughter uses her Alexa to order items from Amazon.

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Registered: ‎03-14-2010

Re: Be Careful What You Say Around Echo Devices

I have an Amazon Echo...today I asked Alexa if she spies on me...her reply was " I only pass along to Amazon any orders you give me...for privacy concerns consult your Echo paperwork".  Creepy.

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Posts: 1,202
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Be Careful What You Say Around Echo Devices

I was talking to DH one morning and mentioned I didn’t feel well....all of a sudden, our Alexa said “I’m sorry you don’t feel well, maybe a cup of tea will help.” No prompting at all....one time we were just watching TV and the Dot began laughing....not a funny kind of laugh, but a very creepy laugh.....so, yep, they are tracking everything....ours is now in a box in the closet....😳

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Registered: ‎03-11-2010

Re: Be Careful What You Say Around Echo Devices

@lovesrecess

That's why I only talk to myself. 

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Registered: ‎04-19-2010

Re: Be Careful What You Say Around Echo Devices

Good grief, this broadcasting of private conversations by tech devices is scary...like inviting the burglar in so they don’t have to jimmy the lock.