Thanks to the Smart Assistants or Smart Speakers released by companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple; it is easier than ever before to do things like play music or check the weather forecast.
However, Technology Investors have expressed deep concerns saying that these Smart Assistants are being used to collect sensitive user info, asking companies about how much audio is collected, and where those recordings go by the devices.
A lot of investors are worried that voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or the Google Assistant are spying at home or at work. As more people like to install smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod in their workplaces and houses, their privacy is at stake.
So how these Smart Assistants could be spying on you?
The smart assistants are actively listening to everything you say, Waiting for command words, like “Alexa”, “Hello Google” and “Hey, Siri” locks up the possibility of your data being misused or intercepted by hackers.
Smart assistants listen to everything waiting for the specific command words or phrases. They also record and save some of what it hears, which is huge concern for those who worried about privacy. Sometimes smart assistants activate you don’t expect by saying, “Hey, seriously,” when around an Apple HomePod or iPhone. These devices easily encode everything they listen.
Smart Assistants are made up of speaker and digital assistant. Users can enjoy music, hear the latest news as well as weather reports, sports scores, and stock prices, control smart apps, send texts and make phone calls, play virtual games, order items and much more.
A 3rd party is hearing your recordings
Apple, Amazon, and Google have hired employees to look after recordings of customers interacting with their digital assistant. The consumer could be demoralized by these recent reports revealing by companies. This is done to make sure that the virtual assistants are understanding the tasks that they are asked to do and are responding appropriately. But in the process of scoring the abilities of assistants, the companies are getting access to recordings that include personal information of users without their consent.