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Old 01-05-2017, 07:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
I like it, but then again I'm 35.

It may listen to everything, but it doesn't transmit and store everything. Without saying the keyword "Alexa", it doesn't pay attention to what you are saying.
My wife bought an Echo for "me" (read: "whole family") for Xmas. I didn't have the heart to tell her I didn't want it...

When I initially set it up, I installed the Alexa app and noticed that it had a number of recordings already showing for my account. A few months back, my son purchased a new Kindle for himself and it is apparently an Alexa device. None of us had previously realized that, so we weren't using the keyword at all. However, it had about 20 recordings from his device. I think words that are similar enough will trigger it, or possibly if it hears the trigger word on a TV commercial or something. At any rate, it was a significant number of recordings that were totally unrelated to trying to use Alexa.

I certainly have misgivings about it, but not quite enough to tell my wife and family that we need to turn it off.
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