Once a “wake” word is given, Alexa listens to what is going on in your home, unless the device is muted. It hears and records what is happening in your home — your choice of television shows, your private conversations, your arguments. Alexa has the capability of sending private voice recordings to the cloud. According to Amazon, Alexa uses these recorded conversations to enhance responses to future questions it is asked. Under the right circumstances, law enforcement can subpoena these conversations. And with legislation such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) now law, our Fourth Amendment rights don’t seem as secure as they used to. Having Alexa seems sort of like having a helpful spy in your home.
This is made significantly more frightening when you realize that Alexa actually has a leftist political bent. Besides being a home convenience, Alexa also functions as a search engine for those too lazy to fire up a computer or punch a screen on a smart phone. When you ask Alexa a question, the device will quickly search the Web and give an answer. Comedian Steven Crowder showed Alexa’s leftist tendencies in November of 2017 when he asked the device several questions designed to flesh out Alexa’s liberal bias.
Crowder: “Alexa, how many genders are there?”