Amazon's Alexa storing all the voice recordings





Amazon’s Alexa may delete your voice recordings but it keeps the automatically produced transcripts in the company's cloud, according to reports.

According to CNET report, all the voice commands said to the virtual assistant should be deleted from the server, but the company saves all the text logs. 

The company stores all its data on its cloud servers, which could not be deleted by the users. Meanwhile, the company claims that they are working to make the data inaccessible. 

"When a customer deletes a voice recording, we also delete the corresponding text transcript associated with their account from our main Alexa systems and many subsystems, and have work underway to delete it from remaining subsystems," an Amazon spokesperson said in an email.

After revelation of the report, more than a dozen consumer advocacy groups plan to file a complaint against the company with the Federal Trade Commission.

The company is violating federal laws as they are not seeking parental consent before collecting data on children through Echo devices. 

Goa DGP calls Alexa a spy

Goa Director General of Police (DGP), Muktesh Chander, while speaking at a cybersecurity seminar on Thursday, 21 February, warned people from excessive use of Amazon's artificial intelligence assistant Alexa, saying that these assistants are acting like spies and collecting private information, The Indian Express reported.

“And what Alexa does. All the time it is listening. Everything. Every word you are saying, Alexa is listening and passing it on to Google. (Chander then corrects himself and says Amazon)."

Chander, who is also a cybersecurity expert, was delivering a keynote address at a seminar on ‘Cyber Security for Industry’ in Panaji.

“Sounds.pk… PK are Pakistani sites. Why are they giving sounds free of cost?” Chander said, adding that the songs.pk website promotes a “compromised Chinese-made browser” to glean information from a user’s phone. “Has anybody tried downloading this songs.pk? All of a sudden if you are trying on mobile, one thing is bound to come up… UC browser. Have you heard of that? Because UC browser is… a Chinese browser. It is collecting all the information. So there is a hidden agenda,” Chander said.