"Okay, cake": Language assistants also jump unintentionally

How is the weather, who was Theodor Mommsen, where is my next appointment? Language assistants are eager to answer questions. But they have to wait for their activation by signal word - actually. In practice, they often hear what they want shows a test.

The voice assistants Alexa of Amazon and Assistant of Google are often even ears if their users do not intend. This has resulted in an exemplary Tüv testing of the speakers Amazon Echo and Google Home on behalf of the consumer center North Rhine-Westphalia.

Both services respond not only to terms that are similar to their activation words but also to strong modifications. Users should be aware that they could inadvertently transfer data to providers, the consumer advocates warn.

In the case of Amazon's assistant, the voice recording and processing of data according to the investigation, for example, even if the microphones in the speaker "Alexandra" (instead of "Alexa"), "Gecko" (instead of "Echo") or modified as "Ham wa already "(Colloquially for" we already have "instead of" Amazon ") capture. In addition, the testers in Amazon Echo could even detect a presumably random activation due to background noise.

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