INTRO: Having often come under scrutiny for the alleged privacy failings of its Alexa voice assistant, Amazon on Wednesday announced new privacy features that it says will offer users more control over how their private data is stored online. As a part of the plan, users will now be ready to choose whether or to not save their Alexa voice recordings. They can set their preference via the Alexa app or by visiting Alexa Privacy Settings online.
If a user chooses to not save their voice recordings, they’re going to be automatically deleted after Alexa processes their request. All previously saved recordings will also be deleted. Users will still be ready to review the transcripts of their conversations with Alexa for 30 days before the recordings are deleted permanently . During this era , they’re going to be still ready to delete them manually from their Alexa account.
Amazon is additionally making it simpler to delete all Alexa recordings via voice commands. For example, users can now delete all saved voice recordings related to their account by simply saying: “Alexa, delete everything I’ve said”. This is addition to the prevailing voice commands – “Alexa, delete what I just said” and “Alexa, delete everything I said today” – that allow users to delete their recent recording history.
Users can now also review their privacy settings just by asking: “Alexa, how do I review my privacy settings?”. therein case, Amazon will send an immediate link within the Alexa app for his or her personal Privacy Settings page, where users can learn more about Alexa’s privacy features and make changes to their privacy settings if needed.
Amazon also said it’ll announce more Alexa features within the future while putting user privacy front and center. “Because privacy is foundational to everything we do, we’re committed to inventing new useful experiences, while protecting your privacy and providing the controls that are most relevant to you”, the company said.