I am dumbfounded. Amazon could definitely share RAM data with their cloud servers if they wanted to. The fact that the Alexa device is powered 24/7 means that ths fact that it loses its memory after power loss is irrelevant in this case. Telling me to quit IT? I'm better with computers than anyone I've ever met - even senior engineers with 15+ years of experience. You got told by several people you are correct? Oh that must mean you are right, I forgot evidence was required. No one knows except from the company, guess all you like. Alexa will save all recordings at any given point to the RAM so it can manipulate the data. Without this, Alexa CANNOT hear you say Alexa.