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Bill to guard against smart speaker eavesdropping advances

Would prevent storing of voice recordings
Posted at 11:00 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 14:00:43-04

If you're concerned about your smart speaker listening to more than just your online orders, California lawmakers are working on protecting your conversations.

A bill that would prevent smart speaker makers from storing voice recordings or transcripts without the user's consent passed the state Assembly this week.

Lawmakers pointed to a recent Bloomberg News report that found thousands of Amazon employees listened to recorded audio from users of the company's Echo device, commonly known as "Alexa."

Google also offers a smart speaker, known as Google Home.

The measure now moves to the Senate for a vote. If it passes, the bill would then move to the governor's desk for his signature.