We discussed surveillance devices that people voluntarily bring into their homes at last night’s meeting. One of the threats we mentioned was that any data collected by a private entity can be obtained by a government entity with a court order or warrant. Another threat is that the rules regarding how data collected is handled by manufacturers can change. Amazon, for example, hasn’t shared complete transcripts with developers that utilize its Alexa platform. But it sounds like that may change in the near future.
So far, Alexa developers can only see non-identifying information, like the number of times you use a specific skill, how many times you talk to your Echo device and your location data. The Information reports that some developers have heard from Amazon representatives about more access to actual transcripts, though how and how much wasn’t discovered. We’ve reached out to Amazon for more information and will update this post when we hear back.
Data held by a third-party is outside of your control. Therefore the only safe assumption you can make is that any data collected by surveillance capable devices will make its way into other party’s hands.