Alexa: 'Virtual assistant' or Amazon spy-bot? (Full show)

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Are you one of the countless sophisticates who makes use of Amazon's "Alexa," the ever-attentive virtual assistant, in order to enjoy the convenience and ease Alexa promises users? We take a look at one TikTok user who decided to take stock of exactly what data Amazon had gathered about her without her awareness. Her sleuthing led her to thousands of audio files, made without her knowledge, as well as a list of her phone contacts that she couldn't remember synching. When her shocking discovery went viral on TikTok, it prompted a defensive result from Amazon, who says it takes care to help consumers make informed decisions about sharing their data. RT America's Faran Fronczak has the details, including controversies over Alexa's implications for law enforcement. Then John Whitehead of the Rutherford Instiitute shares his insights on the rapid disintegration of privacy in the face of omnipresent high-tech surveillance.

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