Outrage as Amazon’s Alexa Listens to Couples Having Sex

July 31, 2019

Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple’s contractors all over the world are regularly sent Siri recordings containing private information about users, including their sex-related matters.

Amazon staff listened to recordings made of British users’ private lives gathered by Alexa-enabled virtual assistant speakers, including those related to “family rows, money and couples having sex”; the alleged goal was to monitor and improve the Alexa system, the Sun reports, referring to its own investigation.

The newspaper cited an unnamed former analyst in the Bucharest-based Amazon team as claiming that even though the staff were told to concentrate on Alexa commands, it was “impossible not to hear other things going on”.

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