Amazon responds after Portland woman claims Alexa records private conversation

Amazon confirmed the odd incidence took place but said Alexa mistook the conversation as commands and dismissed it as an instance of Alexa spying on users

A couple from OR were shocked to find out that their Alexa-powered speaker recorded a private conversation in their home and sent to a person in their contact list.

A United States couple have claimed that their Alexa (a virtual assistant, for those not in the know) passed on their conversation without any instruction from them. "I'm never plugging that device in again", she said. An Alexa engineer responded.

Amazon said in an emailed statement to The Washington Post on Thursday afternoon that the Echo woke up when it heard a word that sounded like "Alexa".

"The person on the other line said 'unplug your Alexa devices right now".

The recipient spilled that in the recording, Danielle and her husband were talking about hardwood floors.

Amazon has offered to "de-provision" her devices from the internet, meaning they would still be able to use the Smart Home features, but it wouldn't be able to send messages outside the home. You might have heard about a story involving Alexa on an Amazon Echo sending a private conversation to a random person on a contact list today, spooking more than a few people. Amazon has explained why the conversation was picked up by the voice-controlled Echo speaker and send it to the husband's employee 176 miles away. That might not be practical for smartphones these days, but do you really need a smart speaker or a television set that's connected to the internet? "It's the feeling you have to watch what you say in front of a device that's supposed to make your life better".

Читайте также: Celtics vs. Cavaliers/Cavs Live Streaming ECF Game 7

The Portland couple reported the invasion of privacy to Amazon, who called the incident "an extremely rare occurrence".

Amazon said at that point Alexa asked, "To whom?"

The engineer didn't say why the glitch happened or why Alexa, the company's virtual assistant, didn't inform Danielle it was preparing to send the files, something it's programmed to do, she said. Mashable has contacted Amazon for further comment.

"Unplug your Alexa devices right now. As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely".

It's a spiel Danielle, an Alexa user from Portland, Oregon, had believed. Danielle called Amazon, which reportedly investigated the incident, confirmed what happened, and apologized profusely.

При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
«» 2007 - 2019 Copyright.
Автоматизированное извлечение информации сайта запрещено.

Код для вставки в блог

Related News:

  • Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

    Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

    This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken May 26 shows Subtropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico. More showers and possibly another thunderstorm in the afternoon are possible on Monday, Memorial Day .
    Chelsea 'reach agreement with Maurizio Sarri'

    Chelsea 'reach agreement with Maurizio Sarri'

    Conte's future has been a relentless source of speculation all season due to the Blues' stuttering form in the Premier League. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is targeting former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri for a new style of play.
    Why Lewis Hamilton thinks the Monaco GP 'wasn't really racing'

    Why Lewis Hamilton thinks the Monaco GP 'wasn't really racing'

    But it would have no bearing on the result as Ricciardo joined Vettel and Hamilton on two wins apiece from the first six rubbers. Hamilton, and Mercedes, are by no means confident that their vehicle is massively suited to Monaco's winding twisting track.
  • LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics and into NBA Finals

    LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics and into NBA Finals

    He has not missed the Finals since 2010 and is 5-2 in Game 7s, his last loss coming in 2008 against the Celtics , coincidentally. The rookie passed the concussion testing that he was given on the bench. "It does surprise me", he said.
    Celtics Fall To LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers In Game 7

    Celtics Fall To LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers In Game 7

    There's been mathematical attempts to rank the two , and even MJ's old teammates have said LeBron is a more complete player . The Cavaliers will open the NBA Finals on Thursday on the road against either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets .
    Ireland votes to liberalize abortion regime in landslide

    Ireland votes to liberalize abortion regime in landslide

    With the vote decided, attention is turning to Ireland's parliament, which will make new laws to govern abortions. The Save the Eighth group said: "What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions".
  • Health Experts: Ebola Patients Must Be Isolated

    Health Experts: Ebola Patients Must Be Isolated

    A prototype vaccine will first be given to frontline health workers and then to people who have been in contact with Ebola cases. In all, healthcare workers made almost 20,000 visits to just under 1,000 people to make sure the disease didn't spread.
    Flash flood emergency in Ellicott City, Md., as thunderstorms unload excessive rainfall

    Flash flood emergency in Ellicott City, Md., as thunderstorms unload excessive rainfall

    The flooding reached the second floors of some buildings, and one building in Ellicott City's historic downtown area has fallen. One sight during the flood: a handmade, white flag hung from an upper story of a Main Street building bearing the letters SOS.
    ‘Spiderman’ of Paris climbs building to rescue boy hanging from balcony

    ‘Spiderman’ of Paris climbs building to rescue boy hanging from balcony

    The father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended, judicial sources say. The clip has since gone viral on social media , with people calling the 22-year-old a real-life spider man .
  • Oil slumps as Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation  mull output boost

    Oil slumps as Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation mull output boost

    Petersburg on Friday. "Whatever is above that can lead to certain problems for consumers, which also isn't good for producers". On Friday, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih responded, saying his country shared the "anxiety" of his customers.
    The Expanse revived by Amazon for season 4 following fan outrage

    The Expanse revived by Amazon for season 4 following fan outrage

    Bezos stated at the conference, " I was talking to the cast half an hour ago, before the break for dinner started ". We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos , Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show.
    NOAA projects near normal season

    NOAA projects near normal season

    Tropical storms have sustained winds of 39 miles per hour or above, and hurricanes have winds of at least 74 miles per hour . Heavy rains were likely across western Cuba, much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week.


Most liked

Rory McIlroy Pleased with Opening 67 at BMW PGA Championship
But he has yet to hop on one of those uber-heaters in which everything in his wake gets charred to nothingness, golfers included. I should remind you that we're talking about a guy who shot a 62 on this course to win this tournament previous year .

Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out 'vog'
With the current conditions, communities where lava fissures have opened and those downwind are the most affected. Local residents fear an explosive emission of deadly hydrogen sulfide and other gases should wells be ruptured.

Congressman Peter King Calls Jets’ Stance On National Anthem Protests ‘Disgraceful’
Under league rules, if a player disrespects the anthem, it's the players team that gets fined, not the player. Players who don't want to stand will be allowed to remain the locker room during the anthem.

Arkansas Selected To Host Second Straight NCAA Regional
The Cards run to the Championship game was a bit unexpected, as they have not had success in the past in the ACC tournament. Jackson Lueck reached base on a fielder's choice and Rhett Aplin walked before Raleigh drove both home with his double.

John Cena & Nikki Bella Had Big Problems Even Setting Their Wedding
I want to be the father of her children. "I don't know if i would regret it later on in life if I wasn't", she told Cena. The mom thing is done'. 'The day I say my vows, I want to say them once and I want to fully mean them'.

Travel Experts Say Plan Ahead This Memorial Day Weekend
AAA recently released its list of the worst times to hit the road for what's expected to be a record Memorial Day travel weekend. What that means for current pump prices is that they are likely to continue to rise through the summer.

MMA Community reacts to Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till
" Stephen Thompson is an incredible fighter and I couldn't quite figure him out the way I wanted to but here I am, the victor ". Elsewhere, Molly McCann also missed weight for her scheduled bout against Gillian Robertson .

Giuliani advises no Mueller interview without informant info
We thought that President Trump had exhausted every angle to attack Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling.

UN chief notes report holding Russia liable for downing airliner
Their investigation into the incident will continue in a bid to bring the individuals who fired the missile to justice. All 298 passengers and crew were killed, including 38 Australian citizens and residents.

NBA playoff predictions: Who wins Game 7, NBA Finals?
But how much better will they need to be to beat James? James has won 10 of the last 13 elimination games he's played since 2012 . He was still receiving treatment on the leg in his hotel room on Saturday night, a team source told ESPN .

Fulham facing decisions over crucial loanees ahead of Premier League return
It is viewed as the richest match in football , with this season's edition worth approximately £170 million to the winners. So with Villa staying in the Championship for at least one more season, Terry will be saved the added hate for now.

Italy's PM-designate gives up on efforts to form a government
There is now a real argument between the president and the populists about Italy's position in the European Union , he adds. If the vote is in favour, the country's constitutional court then decides whether to impeach or not.

Trump administration reaches deal to keep ZTE in business
In return, China would eliminate tariffs on US agriculture or agree to buy more farm products from the United States. Ross plans to visit Beijing from June 2 to 4, and China has made saving ZTE one of its priorities.

Cavs hold off Celtics in Game 7
The Celtics then slipped into a collective ice age just as LeBron James (35) and Jeff Green (19) were heating up. Kezirian also noted this number is the highest of any National Basketball Association player ever.

'Not Good Enough': NAB Says Sorry For Banking Meltdown
The bank has pointed to a problem in its Melbourne mainframe system as the cause of the outage. Other customers have posted on social media that they had been affected.