FOX 17 – GLOUCESTER, Mass. — “A 9-year-old Massachusetts boy faces breaking and entering charges after his voice was captured on the Amazon Alexa device he stole from his neighbor’s home, according to The Gloucester Times.
According to the paper, the homeowner told police several items were stolen from her home, including an iPhone and Amazon Alexa.
The woman provided police an Alexa audio recording on her phone that sounded like her neighbor’s son. The audio recording apparently happened during or after the break-in.
After police spoke to the child, he admitted to breaking into the woman’s home three separate times.”
Alexa coming in clutch. I’ve always had this paranoidly uncomfortable feeling that all of these voice interacting technologies were listening to you. It’s just a no brainer. Once that new addition of the whole “Hey Siri” feature came out where you could be cooking fun nuggets and yell at her from across the kitchen to remind you to get your Tinder swipes in for the next hour, I knew it was game-time for any entities looking to spy on or pry for any information they could (looking at the government here…).
Think about it – if these speakers and phones can sit on standby for hours on end until a command is released, do you really think that it’s not listening to all the conversations going on inside the room? Okay – for the most part, your conversations about how many beers you drank with your homies is completely irrelevant, but the premise is still the same. Someone could be listening to you.
Your probably thinking, “But what about privacy laws!?” Yeah, what about them? Tell that to the FBI when they broke into that terrorist’s iPhone to see if there was more suspicious activity going on. Apple wouldn’t give them access but they found a way to do it anyway. Granted he was a terrorist, but there was a whole ordeal about the privacy laws being broken by unlocking that dudes phone. If the government wants something, they can get it. And if you’re a terrorist, well then you’re really fucked.
Which brings me back to the issue at hand, these modern technologies are like low-key spying tools that can be accessed at any moment. Little 9-year-old Timmy is setting the example. I’m not saying I’m against bringing people to justice, because this technology obviously did that and good for it. All I’m saying is, how comfortable are you knowing that maybe Siri or Alexa is always listening to you?
p.s. this is obviously all an exaggerated take on this for entertainment value, but you never know. Don’t rule anything out!