Your worst fears about home assistants came true for one Amazon customer whose Alexa recordings were accidentally sent to a complete stranger. Amazon failed to disclose the mistake, but don’t worry: The recipient learned enough about the Alexa owner to reach out.
It started when a German Amazon customer requested his Amazon-owned data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company sent a downloadable 100-Mb zip file. In addition to the person’s Amazon searches, the file contained hundreds of .wav files and transcripts of voice commands recorded by Alexa. The person had never owned an Alexa, so he reported the issue to Amazon, which did not respond but killed the download link.
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