Amazon makes it a bit easier to delete Alexa recordings today with a few new voice commands. You can now say, "Alexa, delete everything I said today" and the assistant wipes all the recordings it saves on Amazon's servers. Amazon says another command: "Alexa, delete what I just said," is also in the making.
Until now, you either had to go to the app to delete Alexa recordings one by one, or you had to go through Amazon & # 39; s website to delete each recording at once. Amazon saves recordings of every request you have made on an Alexa device (in theory to improve the voice recognition service and other functions). Despite the fact that this is largely unnecessary, Amazon offers no way to disable the long-term storage of voice recordings or have them deleted regularly, as Google has done with some sensitive data.
The features come when Amazon is concerned about privacy, especially around children. Advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month, claiming that Amazon & # 39; s recording practices – particularly for its Echo Dot Kids device – are violating federal law protecting data from children under 13. The group complained that Amazon "does not clearly explain how to remove information collected about children."
Today's new features do not address those concerns thoroughly, but they are starting to make it a little easier to delete voice data. Amazon has not said whether the voting instructions will be deeper removed, such as commands to delete all data or the past week or month data.
In addition to the new voice commands, Amazon is too launch of an "Alexa Privacy Hub" that should be an easy way to find out more about how Alexa works and to find privacy controls. The hub is fairly bare, but it offers a relatively fast way to find a link to delete voice recordings.