Friday, June 9, 2017

Which is most secure: HomePod, Echo, or Google Home

Apple's HomePod, Google Home and Amazon Echo all encrypt the voice recordings sent to their respective servers. But there are varying degrees of how they keep the data secret...

"The recordings are securely stored in the [Amazon Web Services] cloud and tied to your account to allow the service to be personalized for each user," an Amazon spokeswoman said in an email.

Google Home 
Similarly, Google Home collects data from your apps, your search and location history, and your voice commands, which are all tied to your Google account... If a government agency requests data from Google or Amazon from a voice assistant, they can point to accounts associated with the user...

Home Pod
With anonymized IDs, Apple's speakers have a much more compelling argument for not handing over data: They can't find it. In the game of hide and seek with your voice data, the advantage -- for now -- goes to Apple. more