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Amazon May Give Alexa Data to Developers

The next great frontier in the privacy battle is Alexa, the in-home “personal assistant” that records personal conversations that then come to reside in Amazon databases, presumably in perpetuity. Now comes news, as reported by The Information, that Amazon is contemplating a policy change whereby raw transcripts of personal user conversations would be made available to Alexa developers. The move is a response to developers frustrated that this kind of data is already available from Google for its competitive Google Home device. According to the article “Google is pitching the fact that it gives access to raw text as a major selling point when recruiting developers to build voice apps for its Google Home speaker, according to two developers who’ve heard the pitch directly.” —TV

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