Join Date: Mar 2008
My Motorhome: A Caravan of all things !!
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A pal of mine was chatting the other day. He was given an Alexa a few months ago. Having heard a few tales about how it picks up bits of info without you knowing he tried an experiment........
Having no interest in, and having not looked at anything car related on the internet he said to his wife (within earshot of the Alexa) something along the lines of “I am thinking of changing my car to a BMW, shall we go and look at one at the weekend”
Within a few minutes he started getting “pop ups” on his laptop for??? The BMW car range !!. Quite a coincidence eh??
Personally I refuse to have one in the house. People say it only does something when you say the magic word which it recognises BUT, to recognise that word it has to be “listening” all the time doesn’t it?? And we all know that these days ANY information is valuable to someone (Like your local BMW garage perhaps??)
I am far from paranoid but it is becoming clearer and clearer that data harvesting is happening more and more. I changed mobile phones a few weeks ago.
When loading all of the “apps” I find useful I was continually asked to allow the app to access my location (which I sort of understand the reason for) but much more worryingly, my contacts AND call history ??? Why would an app for aligning a satellite dish (useful when touring on the continent) have any use whatsoever for my contact list OR call history???
Needless to say I routinely deny ALL such requests (whether that stops the app accessing that data is another question of course)
P.s. We also like Madeira and are thinking of “doing” some of the Lavada walks which, for the unaware are footpaths which are alongside the hundreds of small irrigation channels that are all over the mountains, the views are stunning yet the paths are as good as level!
Its not the destination that matters.
It's who you share the journey with (even if like me, it’s in a caravan!)
I am very fortunate to have Mrs Plodd to share mine with
Last edited by Mrplodd; 09-12-2019 at 10:09.