Alexa IS listening to your conversations: Web giant ADMITS clips are analysed by Amazon workers – including your most intimate moments

As readers know – I am about as anti-modern tech toys as one can be. The only techie thing I have (and I fought against having it) is this computer.  I refuse to have a cell phone and dislike even holding one in my hand when someone hands their to me to see something or other.  I prefer the old land line phones and even those I use infrequently.  Even my keyboard is wired and not the wireless type.  I guess I could say my dislike of modern tech goes back to when I was about 3 years old and my folks were renting a small farm outside of Winona MN and they had one of the big old wooden phone on the wall.  I used to push a chair over and crank up the handle on the side of the box to call my grandma.  One time I was talking to gramma and I could hear those nosey busybodies were listening in – PARTY LINE, precursor to todays Alexa. I was only 3 yrs old and I hollered into the mouth piece of the phone – “GET OFF THE LINE YOU OLD BUSY BODIES!!!!”  My Gramma thought I was saying that to her – had to explain.  So my dislike of techie things goes back a good 76 years. And being the stubborn OL’ Polish Woman that I am it hasn’t changed over the years.  In the 1990’s when the police were tapping my phones lines (all political crap) I made it a practise to answer my phone with, “This phone line is tapped by the police so be careful what you say”,  then I followed it by a msg to the TAPPERS…  “did I say it right guys?”.  They soon figured out that I wasn’t intimidated and wasn’t going to be the easy target they had thought I might be.  I’ve gone thru times of having them physically tail me on the road too and I would wave to them and smile.
I say all that to support my wondering WHY anyone would purposely place these spying items in their homes or go on any of the social media platforms.  These big Tech outfits are simply the modern version of the old party line busybodies – only these modern *listeners* use it to cause as much trouble as they can.  Yes, the *powers that be* can get into my computer (no longer can they listen to my TV as I unplugged it and cut the Comcast cable access) so I am mindful of WHAT I put on this computer – no personal banking or any other financial info.
I realize they can get what they want in spite of my efforts to block them but they are going to have to WORK to get it.  It isn’t a matter of my having anything so interesting – it is just that it isn’t any of anyone elses’ business what I say or do.
So, do you have one of the Big Tech spy units in your house to make your life **easier** – how about those vacuum cleaners that measure off your house and can be hacked?  Are you REALLY that lazy that you need to buy and install things that watch you like guards in the prisons?
I’ll never understand that kind of mentality.
My Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ knows EVERYTHING I do, think, say, and write – He is the ONLY ONE that I welcome to be with me and watch over me every day.   He is the ONE I will stand before on Judgement Day – Not Bezos – Suckabooger or any of the other tech police.

Jackie Juntti
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From the Daily Mail

Amazon workers are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings from Alexa to improve the voice-assistants’ understanding of human speech.

The company has admitted to its customers that thousands of recordings are being analysed by staff and transcribed before feeding them back into the software.

As many as 1,000 clips are reviewed by workers in buildings all over the world, many of which do not bear any obvious indication that they are run by Amazon.    

Among more sinister content the workers have heard, have been a child screaming for help and two instances were they believed they heard a sexual assault taking place.

Smart assistants and the use of the recordings taken in the privacy of a customer’s home has been a long-standing ethical issue for tech firms.

Amazon also never explicitly mentions in its lengthy terms and conditions anything about humans presiding over the recordings.

Instead, it says all Alexa does it ‘answer your questions, fulfil your requests, and improve your experience and our services’.

It is also believed Apple and Google use a similar protocol with human reviewers eavesdropping on content from Siri and Assistant.

Amazon last night confirmed the revelations when approached by Bloomberg saying that ‘an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings’ are analysed by staff.

Staff members have said that the work is mostly mundane, however they do come across embarrassing clips, like a woman singing off-key in the shower.

The teams use internal chat rooms to share files when they need help deciphering a muddled word – or come when they come across an amusing recording.

In an emailed statement to MailOnline, an Amazon spokesperson said: ‘We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order to improve the customer experience.

‘For example, this information helps us train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems, so Alexa can better understand your requests, and ensure the service works well for everyone.’

The report claimed staff had on occasions reported hearing recordings they described as distressing, but Amazon said they may share the experience in the internal chat room as a way of relieving stress.

Amazon told Bloomberg that it has ‘procedures in place’ for workers to follow when they hear something distressing.

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