Can Amazon Echo be Used to Spy on you?
Designed to be the best virtual personal assistant ever made, Amazon Echo aka “Alexa”, this device controls your surroundings, giving you the right answer to your questions in a matter of seconds.
This device is aimed to make your life easier by responding to your voice instead of your touch. However, due to its advanced features, there are voices that say that Amazon Echo can actually be used by NSA or other similar agencies to record your conversations and collect precious information from you.
While many people might be uneasy with a listening device right in their living room or bedroom, the naked truth is that Amazon Echo is far from being a spy device that can be used by FBI, CIA or NSA. When designing the device, Amazon already though that some people might question their device.
Usually, people who question Amazon Echo question all other devices and appliances available on the market, including but not limited to smartphones, smart watches, tablets, laptops, smart TVs and even microwave ovens.
People who believe that Amazon Echo might spy on the population come with a strong arguments – its seven microphone array complemented by the beam-forming technology is specially designed to hear all the sounds in the room.
The truth is that Amazon created a device with such powerful listening capabilities to ensure it can hear people who are unable to talk loud enough or help those who want to use Alexa do that without waking up their neighbors, parents or spouses. Amazon haters have taken this positive feature and have transformed it into something negative.
Another feature of Alexa used by its disbelievers against it is its capability to stay online even though you have not called it by name. Amazon Echo is continuously online, according to the manufacturer. This means it can always listen to what you’re saying.
At least that’s what some people claim. In reality, Alexa is always online and always connected to come up with an answer ASAP to all your questions.
If this device would not be on all the time, it would take an extra few seconds for it to start up.
Moreover, it would not be able to hear you when you call its name.
The truth is that after the Snowden leaks, people are frightened to know that Amazon, Apple, Samsung or any other big corporation are willing to put Internet-connected, always-listening devices in our homes.
People have less and less confidence in big corporations, as most of them work hand in hand with government and federal agencies.
With all that, even though let’s say Amazon would want to listen to our conversations, that’s not possible, according to the law.
The latest laws prohibit listening to private conversations and using these information. This law is active in almost all states.
As a conclusion, you mustn’t worry – you are not in danger to being spied upon with Amazon Echo. This device is used only to help you, not to record precious information. Alexa is perfectly safe to use in every environment and will definitely prove to a very useful virtual assistant.