TikTok star shocked to discover Amazon stored 3,500 recordings from her Alexa speaker

A TikTok privacy campaigner was shocked to find the amount of data Amazon was storing on her (TikTok/ my.data.not.yours)
A TikTok privacy campaigner was shocked to find the amount of data Amazon was storing on her (TikTok/ my.data.not.yours)

A TikTok user who campaigns for privacy has laid bare the amount of recordings tech giant Amazon has of her.

The outspoken user, who goes by the handle of @my.data.not.yours asked Amazon to send her all the data it has on her – including the information gleaned from her Alexa smart speaker.

It turned out Amazon had over 3,500 recordings stored from the smart gadget, as well as information such as her contacts and location.

The contacts included friends and family taken from her phone that she says she ‘doesn’t remember syncing’.

The TikTokker admitted to her viewers she was ‘not totally comfortable’ with her findings, and that one file Amazon sent her included the exact latitude and longitude of her house.

‘They told me it would take a month, it only ended up taking about a week and I got all of the information,’ she said in another video, adding ‘I thought it was amazing I was able to see everything they had on me.’

Amazon itself responded to her claims, saying that it gives all its users transparency and control over how they use their Alexa smart speakers.

Users can review and delete any voice recordings or choose whether or not to have them saved in the first place.

If anyone wants to, they can request that the US company sends them all the data they have on them. In order to do so, you need to fill out a request on the Amazon Help Pages.

‘Customers can import their mobile phone contacts to the Alexa app so they can use features like hands-free calling and messaging; this optional feature, which customers need to set up, can be disabled at any time,’ a spokesperson for Amazon said.

Amazon Alexa smart assistant device connected at home on table, defocused living room in background, no people
Amazon’s Echo speakers use its Alexa smart assistant to help you with your tasks (Credits: Getty Images)

‘Finally, you can grant permissions for the Alexa app to use certain data, such as your mobile device’s geolocation, to provide relevant results, and you can manage these permissions in the app.’

So far the TikTok video, which includes the hashtags #privacy #bigdata and #privacyrevolution has 2.6 million views, over 6,000 comments and 186,000 likes.

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