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F**k Off Alexa: Thousands of Amazon Employees Listen to Your Conversations

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If you have never harbored concerns regarding what you say in the presence of your Amazon Echo device, you should now. Bloomberg reports that Amazon has thousands of people on its payroll whose work is to listen to recordings of Echo devices. This is in an effort to make the Alexa virtual assistant better at understanding and responding to voice commands. Specifically, the team of Alexa auditors consists of both full-time and independent contractors listens to voice recordings, transcribes and then annotates them for purposes of training software algorithms. The team is spread across continents including North America, Latin America,

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