(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) By simply hitting “I Agree” on the Terms and Conditions of the software used in today’s smart assistants, you are allowing the company that sold that device to you to collect data.
So how much information does your smart assistant know?
To see what data you are allowing your device to collect, Reviews.org examined the Terms and Conditions of the following devices:
Amazon AlexaGoogle AssistantApple SiriSamsung BixbyMicrosoft Cortana
For owners, all five smart assistants recorded your name, time zone, location of your device and your IP address. For your contacts, all of the devices recorded their name and phone number, as well as a record of the communication requests with those contacts.
All of the studied devices collected the most information about the device itself and the network it was connected to. This included data such as device configuration, specifications and performance, along with Wi-Fi details, connectivity data and a record of technical errors.
The devices also collected data on application use, interactions and requests made with the smart assistant and shortcuts set up by using it.
Other pieces of information were recorded selectively, depending on the device. You can see a complete device breakdown from the study HERE.
Reviews.org also surveyed 1,000 Americans 18 or older to gather information about their smart-assistant use and privacy concerns. Highlights from the survey include:
For tips on how to update your privacy settings on your device, click HERE.
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