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"Alexa, play some music" isn't the only time Amazon is listening to you - Jason Voiovich
At this point, it's fair to argue that we've given up our "privacy" for all manner of technological benefits and services. True, but up to this point those technologies operated on your explicit command. No one forces you to use Google Maps. No one forces you to share personal details on Facebook. No one forces you to buy from Amazon.
But voice is different.
Voice is a form of biometric data - something that is uniquely yours. Additionally, voice technology invades your privacy in an insidious way, always listening, always recording, and always learning more. You can see why organizations want voice analysis so desperately. It's finally able to break into your "inner self" versus relying on your opinions or waiting for your command.
Voice technology is the ultimate behavioral study that you didn't realize was happening.

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