Saturday, January 14, 2017

Alexa, are you spying on me?

It wasn't law enforcement. or an oppressive regime, that installed surveillance in our homes, but a population bowing to convenience. With the increase of virtual assistants, like Amazon's Alexa, we're causing self-inflicted privacy wounds from the likes of big brother business and government. These systems are dutifully listening to our every word while recording and storing this information to be used at a later time.

This is an emerging topic we're rushing headlong into without thinking about the future of privacy or security in our homes. Not to sound sarcastic, but right now it seems like we're more concerned about walking into a room and "speaking" the lights on or asking Alexa random questions without having to get off the couch. It's a topic that definitely needs more conversation.

I wrote this article for Tripwire to discuss the current and long-term privacy concerns of implementing virtual assistants. Hopefully, this article helps stimulate some thoughts on the issue.

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