“Alexa, what’s the weather like in Nashville today?” Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, the Google Assistant – the list of voice assistants and voice-enabled devices seems to just keep growing. “Hey Google, could you set an alarm for 8:00 AM tomorrow?” Their basic goal is to make our lives easier, right? Through voice assistants’ language processing abilities, they can complete all types of tasks – stream music, set an alarm, take notes, order products, smart home functionality, and integration with other applications.
Voice assistants and voice-enabled devices live in the bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms of millions of users. Voice assistants and voice-enabled devices are simultaneously helpful and vulnerable; what threats do they pose to data privacy? How do companies protect the data that users give Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant?