Karen Gillan says she turns off Alexa so it can’t eavesdrop on Hollywood gossip

Actress Karen Gillan has turned off Alexa over fears “she” could spill the beans on any Hollywood gossip.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star stopped using her Amazon Echo device after it emerged users’ voices can be recorded and listened to by technicians.

She said: “I did have an Alexa then I got scared that it was broadcasting all of my conversations.

“What if I said something about work, then Alexa broadcast it? It could ruin my career. She could turn on us. I love juice, I love the gossip, but what if you are talking about someone and they dial them? So I don’t want to restrict that in my own home.

“Oh my god, what is happening to the world? This is a real threat.”


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Former Doctor Who star Karen, 32, revealed her fears in a podcast ahead of the release of new movie The Call of the Wild, co-starring Harrison Ford.

She also starred in Avengers: Endgame and the Jumanji movies alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Scottish-born star said Hollywood success meant “my proudest accomplishment is being able to take care of my family financially. I am happy about that”.


Karen spoke about Alexa as figures show over 100 million Amazon Echoes have been sold. More than nine million people in the UK use a smart speaker – the Echo, Google’s Home or Apple’s HomePod. Most common questions are on weather and music.

Amazon whistleblowers claimed workers in Costa Rica, India, Romania and the US listen to up to 1,000 audio clips a day.

A spokesperson for Amazon said: “Customers can review and delete voice recordings at any time in the Alexa app. All recordings streamed to the cloud are encrypted and securely stored. Customer trust is of utmost importance and we take privacy seriously.”

The firm said overseas workers “manually review” one per cent of Alexa requests to improve functioning. Customers can opt out of their recordings being included.

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