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Hey Alexa, stop listening! Employees urged to turn off smart speakers while working from home...


Tech companies are known to listen in on private conversation via its smart speakers in order to 'improve voice-recognition features.'

Now that millions of people are currently working home due to the coronavirus outbreak, employers are urging their stuff to power down the technology in order to keep it from listening to confidential phone calls.

Mishcon de Reya LLP, the UK law firm that advised Princess Diana on her divorce, advised staff to mute or shut off listening devices like Amazon's Alexa or Google's voice assistant when they talk about client matters at home, according to a partner at the firm.

Video products such as Ring and baby monitors are also on the list of devices to be away of while working from home, as first reported on by Bloomberg.

Mishcon de Reya partner Joe Hancock, who also heads the firm's cybersecurity efforts, told Bloombger: 'Perhaps we're being slightly paranoid but we need to have a lot of trust in these organizations and these devices.'