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Hi, Alexa. How Do I Stop You From Listening In On Me?

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

HUMANS HELP TRAIN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, SO SOMEONE MAY BE LISTENING TO WHAT YOU TELL SIRI, GOOGLE ASSISTANT OR ALEXA. HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT.

Many of us ask the digital companions in our homes, whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant, to handle innocuous tasks like setting a timer and playing music.

What most of us may not realize is that in some instances, there might be a person listening in, too.

In two separate reports in The Guardian and Bloomberg News, whistle-blowers recently said they had listened in on and that inadvertently recorded couples having sex and criminals making drug deals. Another publication, VRT, chronicled how a Google subcontractor, which journalists then used to identify some individuals.

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