Amazon Echo: Who’s Really Listening

There was an article published by BBC news recently that said that in a recent murder case the police wished to retrieve the data from the victims Amazon Echo device, Amazon orignaly refused to disclose the information. But in an article today it states that Amazon has handed over the data from the Echo in question.

And this in my opinion this begs the question, how much does Alexa really listen to, im aware that when you make a request to the Echo device you can replay your voice via the Alexa App. But does it record more than you think, as it is in an always on/ready state. Could it be listening and recording all the time? And if this is the case does it only trigger the services on the command.

If the Echo does in fact listen and record all the time could Amazon use the data collected in that manner to push things that you have mentioned you would like onto your amazon home page?  There was speculation a while ago about Facebook location services recording where you have been that accurately that the could potentially push adverts to you for activity your likely to do on that day. With this sort of data collection and potental recordings of you, what could happen if the goverment made a mass data requiest. Or gained accses to monitor these devices and infomation.

Please see the orignal articles below from the BBC news website

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