Money I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me — here's what they said

07:00  15 may  2018
07:00  15 may  2018 Source:   cnbc.com

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A lot of people are worried that voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa , Apple's Siri or the Google Assistant are spying on us at home. So I asked all three voice assistants if they ' re spying on us, just for kicks. Here ' s what each one said .

I asked Siri , Alexa and Google Assistant if they ' re spying on me — here ' s what they said . Here ' s what each voice assistant had to say .

CNBC Tech: Amazon Echo Plus 3© Provided by CNBC CNBC Tech: Amazon Echo Plus 3 A lot of people are worried that voice assistants like Amazon (AMZN)'s Alexa, Apple (AAPL)'s Siri or the Google (GOOGL) Assistant are spying on us at home.

All three companies have said the assistants are not listening all the time, but only listen for a wake word — or perhaps hidden commands humans can't hear.

So I asked all three voice assistants if they're spying on us, just for kicks. Here's what each one said.

"Hey Alexa, are you spying on me?"

Here's what Amazon Alexa said:

"I only send audio back to Amazon when you activate me. For more information, and to view Amazon's privacy notice, visit the help section of your Alexa app or alexa.amazon.com."

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A lot of people are worried that voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa , Apple’s Siri or the Google Assistant are spying on us at home. So I asked all three voice assistants if they ’ re spying on us, just for kicks. Here ’ s what each one said .

A lot of people are worried that voice assistants like Amazon‘s Alexa , Apple‘s Siri or the Google Assistant are spying on us at home. Perhaps hidden commands humans can’t hear. So I asked all three voice assistants if they ’ re spying on us, just for kicks. Here ’ s what each one said .

"Ok Google, are you spying on me?"

  I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me — here's what they said © Provided by CNBC

Here's what Google Assistant said:

"Your security comes first in everything Google does. It's important Google keeps your data private and safe and puts you in control. You can learn more at privacy.google.com."

"Hey Siri, are you spying on me?"

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Here's what Siri said: "Nope."

Looks like there's no room for joking here. It's good Amazon and Google direct users to their privacy pages. Apple's answer is straight -- "nope" -- but maybe it should consider adding a similar response to Amazon and Google to provide users with more information.

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