I believeI understand what you are saying…the point i am trying to make is not that amazon can listen in…it is the fact that the individual that owns the camera ( an unscrupulous individual ) could listen in on whoever they wanted to even if the camera was pointed and locked in such a way that the person being listened in on would not know. Doesn’t happen with a plain ordinary V3 camera…just cam pan
| carverofchoice Forum Maven
October 23 |
I think your concerns are mostly a misunderstanding. Regardless, there are plenty of options:
You can disable the Wyze skill from Alexa, and then Alexa doesn’t have any access anymore.
You can also set your Pan V3 into “privacy mode” or turn it off, and it doesn’t have video or audio access anymore.
Some people go as far as to open the camera up and disconnect the microphone entirely.
Note: Nobody on the Alexa team has access to your cameras (audio or video) anyway. When you stream a Wyze camera to your Alexa Show, if they are on the same network then they actually connect locally through the WebRTC protocol. None of the audio or video even goes through Amazon’s servers (or even through Wyze’s server) and the audio and video of that stream between your camera live stream and the Alexa Show never even leaves your house. No Amazon employee or contractor has access to it in that case.
As for the routines, Wyze server PUSHES the triggers through to Amazon. So if you ask Amazon to do something when your camera detects a person, Amazon never gets the video or audio from the camera to do that, the Wyze AI server detects the person and then tells Alexa that it detected a person, and then Alexa does what you told it to do, not because it saw the person but because Wyze let them know there was a person because you asked the Wyze skill to let them know that.
Some camera companies do actually give Google or Alexa access to their cloud videos or other recordings, but Wyze does not. So there is no possible way for Google or Alexa to access anything, either live or saved cloud events if you’re just using it on your local network.
If you are really concerned about your privacy though, then just make sure the camera and the Alexa display are on the same network. Then everything stays local. the live stream never even leaves your home/router. If that is not good enough, then disable the Wyze Alexa skill. If you need Alexa for other Wyze devices, consider putting the cameras on a separate Wyze account not linked to Alexa. You can also go disconnect the microphone. But keep in mind that Wyze cameras use a cloud-dependent paradigm. They NEED internet. If privacy is a really big priority, you should be using cameras that never connect to the cloud under any conditions.
I think your concerns are mostly a misunderstanding of what the Wyze Alexa skill does or how it works, but regardless, there are multiple things you can do about those concerns as described above.