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I bought the older remote without the microphone. Amazon records everything you say and transcribes it to text. The information is used for marketing and is subject to subpoena by law enforcement agencies.
Simply NOT true! If Alexa or the Google Assistant was sending everything ever said in your home to their respective servers then it would be very noticeable by your internet traffic. Get a good router and pay attention to your internet traffic, my router tells me every little single detail about network traffic, and I can assure you that it rarely ever sends data it is not suppose to. Occasionally it does send data that it is not suppose to, but that is not purposely spying, that is just immature technology. I am sure I am not the only one whos devices thinks it hears the wake word when I have said nothing to it.
Now how the information is used once it is transmitted I can not say, I have no doubt that it is used for marketing, and probably other less reputable reasons, but on the other hand I highly doubt they keep a permanent record of everything said as that would take massive storage space that is always getting bigger and more expensive. My guess is that they keep a tally of keywords said and how many times you say it, such as TV shows, songs played, who you call, etc.
Did you take apart the new remote to make sure there isn’t a hidden microphone inside? To be safe, you better remove the batteries from the remote while you’re not using it. Actually, wait, there might be a hidden backup battery inside. Better to also wrap it in aluminum foil and store it in the microwave at all times. Only bring it out when you need to press a button, then put it right back in.