You make good points here, Izzy. And yes, Lexi was hysterical. We've come a long way from HAL in 2001, with his "I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that."Generally speaking, one of the many security concern people should keep in mind regarding today's smart devices is the ability/possibility of activating cameras and microphones remotedly. Spying is only a click away. ALWAYS.
You might have seen more than once the notebook camera lens covered with tape. Telephones as listening devices is as old as the telephone itself.
Microsoft terminated the Xbox Kinect device that mapped movement in front of its camera and listened to voice command when people realised they had set up Big Brother in their living room. Amazon's current thingy is well known for sharing household conversation with other people in the contact list. A bug? The sharing, not the unsollicited earsdropping.
For fun, just watch the comedy Lexi and consider what happens with your private data.
Regarding the people's rep, they were quick to accept his resignation to avoid ousting him. Kicked out, he woumd have lost his privileges, retirement, etc.
I use an external USB webcam. When it's unplugged, it's not working. AND I run Kaspersky Internet Security, which pops up a bright green flag at top center of my screen when any app is accessing the webcam, though I don't consider that bulletproof.