Remember when Amazon’s voice-controlled Alexa device was randomly making creepy laughing sounds? There was even one instance where two men said they were having a confidential conversation and all of sudden Aleka turned on and laughed at them. If that’s not creepy enough, then this new story on the device is even worse. A family in Portland has reached out to Amazon for answers after their device recorded a conversation and sent it to someone on their contact list in Seattle.
“My husband and I would joke and say I’d bet these devices are listening to what we’re saying,” Danielle told Kiro7. Alex was plugged into every room of Danielle and her husband’s home to control the heat and the lighting. One day she received a call from her husband’s employee telling her to unplug the devices immediately.
“We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house,” she told the publication. “At first, my husband was, like, ‘no you didn’t!’ And the (recipient of the message) said ‘You sat there talking about hardwood floors.’ And we said, ‘oh gosh, you really did hear us.'”
When Danielle reached out to Amazon, the person she was in contact with was extremely apologetic but didn’t provide a real reason as to why or how it happened. “A husband and wife in the privacy of their home have conversations that they’re not expecting to be sent to someone (in) their address book,” she concluded.