You can now tell Alexa to delete your voice recordings: the latest Amazon update makes erasing your history less annoying
- Amazon now has two new commands to ask Alexa to delete voice recordings
- From Wednseday, users can say & # 39; Alexa, delete everything I said today & # 39;
- The company will soon also have the opportunity to ask Alexa & # 39; to delete what I just said & # 39;
- The move is coming now that Amazon has faced increasing privacy issues related to Alexa
Amazon has introduced a new security feature to give users more control over their voice recordings.
The internet giant is now having users ask Alexa-equipped devices to delete their voice recordings from that day.
It is because Amazon has been confronted with growing privacy issues related to Alexa digital assistant, including who has access to user voice recordings and how they are stored.
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Amazon has introduced a new security feature to give users more control over their voice recordings. Users can request devices equipped with Alexa to delete their recordings for the day
& # 39; Just say, & # 39; Alexa, delete everything I said today & # 39; and the respective recordings are deleted, & # 39; said Amazon.
& # 39; Soon customers can also delete their last request by saying, "Alexa, delete what I just said." & # 39;
Users have access to the & # 39; Alexa, delete what I said today & # 39; command from Wednesday, while the second command that lets users delete what they just said will arrive in the US in the coming weeks and next month in other countries.
Before this feature was started, users could manage their voice recordings by manually deleting them in the Alexa app.
But depending on how often users interact with their Echo devices, it can be difficult to find and delete specific recordings.
Say & # 39; Alexa, delete everything I said today & # 39 ;, will remove any interaction that users have logged in with their Echo device or Alexa app during that day.
Amazon on Wednesday also launched a new one Alexa Privacy Hub, a special section of its site where users can see how Alexa and Echo devices work.
Users can say & # 39; Alexa, delete what I said today & # 39; starting today, while the command that lets users delete what they just said will soon arrive in the US and other countries next month
It helps users better understand how the devices record and store audio, and what privacy controls users have to manage microphones and cameras on some Echo devices.
The functions mark a solid step forward to give users more control over how they interact with smart assistants at home.
Amazon has claimed that it does not keep track of Alexa users' conversations, but that has not prevented many users, experts and privacy advocates from being more wary of putting one in their home.
The company has recently been at the center of criticism for the way its devices collect and store information, as well as who has access to user data.
Bloomberg reported that Amazon has a dedicated team to listen to your Alexa conversations, while there is a separate team CNET The report found that Amazon still keeps track of text logs of your interactions with Alexa, even after you delete the audio recordings.
WHY ARE PEOPLE INVOLVED ABOUT PRIVACY WITH AMAZON & ALEXA DEVICES?
Amazon devices are activated earlier when they are not wanted, which means that the devices might be able to listen.
Millions are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes for concerns that their conversations are being heard.
Amazon devices rely on microphones that listen to a keyword and that can be activated accidentally and without the owner's realization.
The camera on the £ 119.99 ($ 129) Echo Spot, which also acts as & # 39; smart alarm & # 39; is also likely to look directly at the user's bed.
The device has such advanced microphones that it can hear people on the other side of the room talking – even when music is playing.
Last month saw a hack by British security researcher Mark Barnes 2015 and 2016 versions of the Echo turned into a live microphone.
Fraudsters can then use this live audio feed to collect sensitive information from the device.
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