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Re: Sounds about right

"Amazon has stated multiple times, and in their documentation that (paraphrased), a correctly working device sends nothing to Amazon until the device is activated with its activation word or by pressing the button on the device itself."

until the device is activated with its activation word or by any random sounds that the device THINKS is its activation word

Given the imperfect nature of speech recognition, there's going to be either a lot of false positives or a lot of false negatives depending on which way Amazon tunes it. And given that they don't want the device to seem unresponsive it's far more likely that it's tuned towards more false positives. So even if it works exactly as advertised, I bet it's sending much more to Amazon than a user might suspect.

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