Amazon says it is taking steps to make sure its Alexa-powered Echo house speaker apparatus don’t necessarily record the conversations of consumers after an unusual situation between a Portland family in which discussions were recorded without their knowledge, then sent to a contact in Seattle. According to a report by KIRO 7, the Portland family received a phone call out of their Seattle contact two weeks ago telling them that their conversations were recorded and delivered to himand they ought to detach their Echo apparatus immediately. “I felt invaded,” said Danielle, the Portland woman who was identified only by her first title at the KIRO 7 report. “A entire privacy invasion. Immediately I said,’I am not plugging that device in again, since I can’t trust it'” In a statement provided to GeekWire describing the situation, Amazon wrote: Echo woke up due to a sentence in background dialogue sounding like”Alexa.” Then, the following conversation was heard as a”send message” request. At which point, Alexa said out loud”To whom?” At which point, the desktop conversation was translated as a title from the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud,”[contact name], right?” Alexa then translated background conversation as”directly”. As improbable as this string of events isalso, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely. In accordance with KIRO 7, Danielle — who’d been speaking with her husband about hardwood flooring on the secretly recorded dialogue — said she’s expecting to be given a refund on her Alexa-powered devices. Amazon Echo and the Echo Plus, that has a built-in clever house hub. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Privacy issues have long worried a lot of people using Internet-connected speakers. In a Bloomberg story late last year titled”Is Alexa really eavesdropping on you?” , reporter Brad Stone wrote about a few of the fears, but concluded that many of these were overblown. Even sothe American Civil Liberties Union wrote last year which privacy issues tied to house speakers ought to be discussed. “… if boxers are going to be part of our daily lives in our intimate spaceswe need broader awareness of the issues they raise, and also to settle on strong protections and best practices whenever possible,” wrote Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU.