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As Alexa's secret human army is revealed, we ask: Who else has been listening in on you?

By Andrew Orlowski 11 Apr 2019 at 21:04

Sneezes and homophones – words that sound like other words – are tripping smart speakers into allowing strangers to hear recordings of your private conversations. These strangers live an eerie existence, a little like the Stasi agent in the movie The Lives of Others. They're contracted to work for the device manufacturer – machine learning data analysts – and the snippets they hear were never intended for third-party consumption.

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