I am interested in getting a Smart Home system with a good voice assistant, but my wife refuses to allow a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa because she does not want ANY recordings from our home being stored in the cloud.
For example, this link discusses how Alexa stores requests in the cloud for machine learning of the Alexa system.
Is there any option here? Is there a smart home system that does not store recordings off-site? Any good options to ensure privacy and security with these systems?
She's also worried about the ability of the government to eavesdrop. The above link quotes Intellihub: "Echo ... can be easily hacked and used by government agencies like the FBI to listen in on conversations."
One respondent suggests using the Mute on the bundled remote when not in use: is that sufficient, or could a good hack bypass the Mute request?
Bottom-line: do I have to give up some Privacy & Security to get a Smart Home system?