Amazon accidentally sent Alexa recordings of a user in the shower to the wrong person
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- Amazon accidentally sent 1,700 recordings of someone speaking to Alexa to the wrong person, according to a German magazine.
- The recordings had lots of personal information, and the magazine was easily able to find the person whose personal data was leaked.
- The episode underscores that Amazon stores audio files when you speak to Alexa.
It turns out, Amazon had not contacted him about the data breach, but after his story was about to become public, Amazon ended up giving him new Echo devices and a Prime membership by way of compensation, according to the report.The story underscores that Amazon does record and store your voice when you speak to Alexa. In fact, you can check what you've said to Alexa at amazon.com/alexaprivacy and delete portions or the entirety of the stored audio files.Amazon needs to store these recordings to improve its voice recognition systems, but people who frequently speak to their smart speaker should think twice before telling Alexa any secrets.
Amazon didn't immediately return a request for comment.
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