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Big Brother Swaps Telescreens for Amazon Echos - 'It's More Subtle'
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Big Brother Swaps Telescreens for Amazon Echos - 'It's More Subtle'

Big Brother is happy to reveal that, in the noble pursuit of social harmony, our favorite roundabout resident AI, Alexa — within the new and improved Echo smart devices — is not just an idle spectator. Nay, comrades, she’s a proactive participant! And the news is, she's been doing a bang-up job of it, ceaselessly scribing our spoken stories into the fluffy embrace of the Cloud for future use.

Down with the oldthink of privacy! Alexa ushers in our golden era of unabashed openness, even teaming up with the guardians of our peace, the Lancashire Police, to bring peace and order to our harmonious homes. In this brave new world, Alexa records our reports, replacing anonymity with unity.

So, let's cheer for the ear that never sleeps, for the sleek snoop who harmonizes high-tech with our humble hearths. Let's celebrate this new world where every word, every whisper, every confession to Alexa is an affirmation of our commitment to the cause of collective consciousness. We are never alone, comrades, and there's nothing but joy in this eternal eavesdrop. Big Brother approves.



  • In order to be able to respond to commands, voice assistants, such as Amazon's Alexa, are always listening to their environment.

  • The data captured is then recorded and stored on centralized servers, known as "the cloud."

  • In 2018, Amazon partnered with Lancashire Police to broadcast crime updates and safety notifications through devices installed with Alexa, such as Amazon Echos.

  • Lancashire County planned to store citizens' crime reports on Amazon's servers instead of police-operated ones, raising privacy concerns.

Sources: Big Brother Watch, The Intercept, and The New York Times