Amazon is rolling out new privacy features for Alexa today. In addition to the educational «privacy center», the company allows you to delete saved recordings by voice. But it’s off by default; you will need to flip the switch.
Every time you use Alexa’s wake word, it sends your voice to the Amazon servers. Amazon keeps your records indefinitely, and unlike Google Assistant, you can’t prevent this behavior. Until now, your only recourse has been to either use the Alexa app or log in to your Amazon account to delete your entries manually.
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But a more important new feature that Amazon has just introduced is the ability to delete some of your saved records while talking to Alexa. «Some of» are the keywords here — you can’t remove anything older than today’s commands by voice.
While Amazon is rolling out this feature to everyone, it’s a subscription process. The company explains that once enabled, any user with access to your Echo devices can delete your recordings, so the idea is to give you control over your data and prevent «unintentional deletion.» This is an odd choice, as Alexa actually confirms your intent before deleting. records.
To follow, sign in to the Alexa privacy panel, click on «View Voice History» and then click the «Enable delete by voice» toggle. Now you can say «delete everything I said today». According to Engadget, you can also say «delete what I just said» but that didn’t work in our testing, and the Amazon site doesn’t.» do not make any reference to this command. Maybe this feature is coming.
Better control over your voice recordings is a definite win, but we still hope that Alexa follows Google’s lead and allows you to use Alexa without saving your voice recordings. However, we will take what we can get.
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