Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens to That Data?

WIRED

If you got an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience. You'll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. You'll be turning off lights and requesting videos from bed. That little talking cylinder is always listening to you. And not just listening, but recording and saving many of the things you say.


Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens To That Data?

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

If you got an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience. You'll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. You'll be turning off lights and requesting videos from bed. That little talking cylinder is always listening to you. And not just listening, but recording and saving many of the things you say.


Amazon (and Alexa) know a whole lot about you. Here's how download and delete that info.

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham explains how you can tell Google, Facebook and Amazon to stop following you around the web. It's not just Facebook and Google that have loads of our personal data. The company isn't only the most popular Internet retailer in the country but it also dishes up content (via Amazon Prime Video, Audible and the Kindle library); runs a successful cloud platform for businesses (Amazon Web Services); sells devices like tablets, Kindle e-readers, set-top boxes and streaming sticks; and lets you access a personal assistant via Alexa-powered speakers and screens. It took the Cambridge Analytica scandal – the unauthorized access of Facebook user data from about 50 million accounts -- to shine a bright spotlight on how much personal data we're (over)sharing, and what's being done with it. You may have downloaded your Facebook and Google data.


How To Make Your Amazon Echo and Google Home as Private as Possible

WIRED

If you use a smart speaker, you know all of the conveniences and delights that make it more than just a glorified paper weight. But, admit it, you've probably given it some privacy side-eye from time to time. After all, it is a microphone that just sits in your house waiting for a wake word to start recording what you say. Here's how to tighten the reins on what Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri can hear, when, and how it gets used. It's a good time to take stock.


How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

PCWorld

Has Amazon's Echo and Google's Google Home taken up residence in your home? They are supremely useful after all, providing assistance with everything from weather forecasts to smart-home control. All you need to do is ask. In order to fulfill your requests, however, both of these voice-activated digital assistants must upload your verbal commands to the cloud. Just what does that entail?