Seth Moulton tackles Alexa #data collection with new bill

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U.S. Representative And Presidential Candidate Seth Moulton Visits New Hampshire

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Today, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton is expected to introduce a bill that would limit how smart device manufacturers like Amazon and Google can collect your data.

The Automatic Listening and Exploitation Act, or the ALEXA Act for short, would empower the Federal Trade Commission to seek immediate penalties if a smart device is found to have recorded user conversations without the device’s wake word being triggered. For Google’s home devices, for instance, that would mean recording a conversation without being prompted by “Hey, Google.” Moulton’s bill also addresses smart doorbells and their video capabilities.

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