Dec 20, 2018

Amazon's Alexa user accesses stranger's chats

A user of Amazon's smart assistant Alexa was sent 1,700 audio files from a complete stranger, after he requested access to his own recordings. Amazon described the incident as an "Isolated case" and put the mistake down to human error. The files were later deleted from the link Amazon sent him but remained downloaded on his computer. Steve Kuncewicz, a partner at law firm BLM said that it was "Quite embarrassing" for Amazon but the fact that it only involved the data of one person meant the regulator might "Take a pragmatic approach". Anyone wishing to find out what Amazon records when they communicate with Alexa can do so via Amazon's website.

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