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How To Delete Your Amazon Alexa Voice Recordings For Good Amid Privacy Concerns

Written By Tech Desk | Mumbai | Published:

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  • If you use Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices in your home, you now can opt-out of human review of your audio recordings
  • The move has arrived following criticism that Amazon violated users' privacy

If you use Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices in your home, you now can opt-out of human review of your audio recordings, according to Bloomberg. The move has arrived following criticism that Amazon violated users' privacy in an attempt to achieve a better human-level understanding of random phrases you utter at times and annotate certain interactions.

If you want to delete your Alexa recordings that you fear could be analysed by Amazon moderators, Amazon now provides users with an option in the settings menu of Alexa smartphone app. 

“We take customer privacy seriously and continuously review our practices and procedures,” Amazon said. “We’ll also be updating information we provide to customers to make our practices more clear.”

Amazon Alexas smartphone app will include a disclaimer in the settings menu acknowledging that human contractors might review recordings through Alexa. Navigate to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa and you will be greeted with the following message: 

“With this setting on, your voice recordings may be used to develop new features and manually reviewed to help improve our services. Only an extremely small fraction of voice recordings are manually reviewed.”

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How to delete your Alexa voice recordings for good

Step 1: Go to Amazon’s voice data management page.

Step 2: Check each of these pages and delete all the data you don’t want to be saved

Step 3: Now, go to Menu settings > Tap on the Alexa Privacy tab.

Step 4: Tap on "manage how your data improves Alexa."

Step 5: Now, turn off the toggle next to "Help improve amazon services and develop new features."

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Meanwhile, Apple and Google contractors have ended their programs to grade their respective AI-based voice assistants: Siri for Apple and the Assistant for Google. The move comes after it was revealed how Apple's human contractors listen to at least 1 per cent of total users' conversation with their Siri voice assistant, without their users' consent.

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