I’m a tech whiz – that’s why you shouldn’t put an Amazon Echo Alexa device in your bedroom

A TECH expert has warned people not to put their Amazon Echo Alexa devices in their bedrooms.

Even though the new gadgets may have been an excellent Christmas gift, users may get more than what they expected.

A tech expert has warned people against putting the Amazon Alexa Echo in their bedroom

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A tech expert has warned people against putting the Amazon Alexa Echo in their bedroom

The Echo gadgets, better known by the name of their AI assistant Alexa, can do everything from get news or weather updates to set alarms or play your favorite song using voice control.

However, some users may not be aware that the devices are capable of recording conversations around them, the Mirror reports.

dr Hannah Fry, a mathematician and an expert on algorithms used by technology companies at University College London, said the gadget should be kept away from private spaces.

She explained: “I think there are some rooms in your home, like the bedroom and the bathroom, that should remain completely private.

“This technology is activated by a trigger word, but continues to record for a short time afterward. People accept that, but we should all spend more time thinking about what it means to us.”

While the technology acts as a great time saver, it can make it all too easy to share private information.

These devices are usually on all the time, collecting everything you say.

Amazon has previously confirmed that employees sometimes eavesdrop on customer conversations through Alexa.

The retail giant said these recordings will be used in research to improve the device’s understanding of human speech.

A report by news site Bloomberg also suggested that many users are unaware that people may be overhearing the conversations they’re having with their nearby Echo.

Each employee can view up to 1,000 audio clips per day.

But following user feedback, there is now a way to turn off some of the recording features on your device.

To do this, open the Alexa app on your smartphone and go to settings.

Then go to Alexa Privacy and select “Manage your Alexa data”.

Press “How long to save recordings” then “Do not save recordings” and select “Confirm”.

Next, scroll down to Help make Alexa better and turn off the use of voice recordings.

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