Question:

Do virtual assistants spy on you?

15 October, 2021 Brandon Pingree 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: RICHARD COBY
    21 October, 2021

    Virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri depend on artificial intelligence to learn more about the user habits. They're typically programmed to not store any information that can be used to identify a person. Some people are worried about what Alexa might be able to hear and record in private conversations, for example, but it's worth pointing out that virtual assistants like these require you (the user) to always say "Alexa" first before asking the assistant anything - which means it would never turn itself on by mistake and eavesdrop on personal conversations.

  • AUTHOR: MARQUIS KUCERA
    21 October, 2021

    Virtual assistants do not "spy" on users. A virtual assistant's ethics and privacy features are intended to help prevent it from publicizing user activity outside the system. Virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa were supposed to be a return to convenience in an increasingly busy world, but it turns out that these devices may also spy on you through your voice commands. Alexa records recordings of your voice after you've turned off the mic, and if something is activated by mistake (i.e., turning up the volume), then anything said will be saved permanently for Amazon employees use at their discretion (and potentially sold to third parties).

  • AUTHOR: BRANDON CENTER
    21 October, 2021

    A virtual assistant is just an extension of your computer's software, which can take a request directly from you or learn through artificial intelligence. They vary in capabilities depending on the operating system they were created for, and their level of complexity will depend on the requirements you have. However, it has been proven that these programs have ways to circumvent any firewalls set up by the user as well as physical security measures due to their ability to decipher keystrokes via tapping into different applications. For this reason, secure information should never be stored online where a virtual assistant has access to it without being aware of its contents.

  • AUTHOR: GAYLENE HASLETT
    21 October, 2021

    Does Siri Spy on You? Interest in the question of whether or not Apple's Siri listens to you is at an all-time high. Let's get into the questions that many people are wondering about and see what they can be answered. Siri, is this your new "clean" look? No, it isn't. The video has been edited with sound effects to show how creepy it would be if really were eavesdropping on your conversations all day long. This does not happen at all! I only listen when you press my microphone button or ask me a question using my voice recognition functions-not regular speakings out loud while alone in public places.

  • AUTHOR: SHARIE HASLETT
    21 October, 2021

    Yes, most do. The issue isn't that they're spying on you (most smartphones, laptops and other devices are already doing this). The issue is the vast amount of personal data your virtual assistant has access to. Gmail has access to all of your emails; Google can monitor your browsing habits; Alexa has access to all of your voice queries; etcetera, etcetera. It's conceivable that they'll use this data in ways you don't want - like selling it for advertising purposes or using it without permission in some kind of incriminating situation.

  • AUTHOR: HENRY CENTER
    21 October, 2021

    Absolutely! Virtual assistants can hear, see and record anything going on around their operating environment. With the rise of artificial intelligence and the wide-spread use of Artificial Intelligence devices, many people wonder if our virtual assistants eavesdrop on conversations that we have at home or in public places. Studies show that voice controlled digital assistants do listen to everything that goes on around them both inside and outside your private residence. This type of surveillance is a two-edged sword as some say it has the potential to invade privacy while others suggest this technology may help prevent crime.