The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming a highly populated digital space. Two popular types of IoT items are the Amazon Echo personal helper, that answers to “Alexa” (or “Echo” or “Amazon”), and the Google Home personal helper, that responds to “OK” (or “Google”). These highly proclaimed smart gadgets are always listening; as are generally all similar types of smart gadgets and toys.

Listening can quickly change to recording and storing the associated files in the vendors’ clouds because of how these devices are engineered. Let’s consider the privacy implications of how those recordings are made, where they are stored, how the recordings are used, and who has access to the recordings.

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