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To not be paranoid about Alexa?

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PoxAlert · 28/10/2018 21:53

My husband seems way OTT worried that an Amazon echo is going to listen in to our life.

I'm of the opinion that.

1 - surely it won't/can't/isn't allowed.

2 - we're fucking boring anyway. Not like I read our our credit card numbers etc.

And if I do just go ahead and buy myself one (mainly for Spotify) will I regret getting an echo dot over a standard echo. Is the music quality bad?

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JessieMcJessie · 31/10/2018 10:04

But I would never ask Alexa to order anything for me, in the same way that I don’t just order things from the amazon website unless they are the best on price. Just because I have bought a music controlling device doesn’t mean I have lost my ability to think about how to spend my money. I don’t get targeted ads on amazon, just the “other customers who bought x also bought y” stuff.


ladybee28 · 31/10/2018 10:56

some of what's suggested on this thread is so illegal that it'd bring down the companies if they did it!

You've followed the massive tax evasion of companies like Google and Amazon etc. then? 'Illegal' for big corporate is a very bendy term...


quartzy · 31/10/2018 11:09

You've followed the massive tax evasion of companies like Google and Amazon etc. then? 'Illegal' for big corporate is a very bendy term...

No. Tax and tax law isn't my area of expertise.

But I do think people aren't well enough informed about their rights when it comes to technology (Through no fault of individuals. I think it benefits companies to obfuscate matters, and the government doesn't educate well enough).


Eliza9917 · 02/11/2018 11:42

I just clicked on a link for a free sample (John Frieda root booster) and you can only get it if you use this listening technology. I wonder how long it will be before it will be nigh on impossible to do stuff with out having this.

To not be paranoid about Alexa?

Livinglavidal0ca · 02/11/2018 11:47

I think I'm in the minority that doesn't really care if it listens to be honest. I didn't even mention the neom candle outloud off another thread and I'm getting advertisements on Facebook for it so I don't think it matters if you say it out loud or not. The only thing now is that DP is going to be handling UK classified files with his new job and will have work from home days with conference calls so I'm not sure whether we'd even be allowed one.


tiggerkid · 02/11/2018 12:06

He does have an option to turn it off :)

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