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Alexa is a Fed -- Kitanya Harrison

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'To engage in any online activity is to assume the risk of being surveilled. The metadata on our mobile devices provides even more information: where we’ve been and how long we were there, who we’ve spoken to on the phone and for how long. We carry our own personal Stasi agents in our pockets.Alexa, and other voice-controlled assistants are a new wrinkle, though. Yes, our mobile phones can function as live mics, but that’s not their intended purpose.Alexa also records without explicitly being instructed to, and that data is stored on Amazon’s servers.Alexa is a fed.Do not put this surveillance tech in your home. You never know who might be listening.'

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