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I agree that your phone can delegate the same voice commands to your smart devices or do Q&A, but some of these devices are also decent speakers to stream music casually (eg. $75 Echo).



If you don't trust these devices, you probably wouldn't trust your phone either.


And I have a feeling many people who make a privacy case against Echo/Home forget that their phone does the same thing.


My phone is in my pocket, which signficantly degrades the audio quality of any recordings. Same reason I have a cover over my laptop camera, but not over my phone camera.


I've made several audio recordings with my phone in my pocket. Unless you're very consistent with the pocket and placement of your phone, that isn't a significant mitigation.


In addition to knowing where you are, and potentially what sites you visit, who you communicate with, etc.




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