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BEWARE: "Always On" Devices Always Recording

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Surprise! All those electronic devices you adore and rely on so much, like your TV and XBox can be just as much a security threat as a hacker who reads all your emails. 

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sent a letter last week to the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department asking regulators to look into “always on” technology. The group cited technology from Microsoft, Amazon, Google and others as worrisome. 

EPIC fears the average consumer isn’t aware that some of these devices are actually spying on them by recording their conversations even when the device seems to be turned off. The privacy implications of these devices, which they believe infringe on individual rights, is profound.

The group said that the average person probably isn't thinking about the privacy implications of these kinds of systems when they buy these devices. 'It is unreasonable to expect consumers to monitor their every word in front of their home electronics,' the letter says. 'It is also genuinely creepy.'

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