Digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are designed to learn more about you while they listen, and part of that is recording conversations you've had with them so they can learn your voice, directions, and requests. Although this is supposed to help the assistants give you better answers, this non-bug feature has brought Amazon into a series of bizarre headlines. In 2018, users reported that their Echo speakers spontaneously laughed, while a family in Portland said their device was recording calls and sending them to a colleague without their knowledge. For these instances, Amazon claims that the devices were probably triggered by false positive commands.
Yet it is not uncommon for smart speakers to record any part of your daily conversations and understand it as a password (especially if you have changed the Alexa trigger for a more general word, such as & # 39 ; Computer & # 39;). If you are curious about what Alexa has heard and recorded in your household, here is a quick way to check this.
Open in the app
First open the Alexa app on your smart device. Tap the hamburger icon at the top left of the screen to open the menu options. Click the Settings menu and then tap "Alexa Privacy". Here you can browse through all of the commands you have ever asked for from Alexa, from timers to music requests to general internet questions.
You can filter the results by date ̵
1; such as by day, week, month or by using a custom range – by using a drop-down menu. This also allows you to delete all recordings for that day, week, month, etc. by tapping the "Delete all recordings for …" link below the drop-down list.
There are various ways to delete your recordings. Immediately below the date range drop-down menu is a link that allows you to filter on device, so you can delete exactly what has been recorded by a specific device. You can also check off some of the listed recordings and only delete those selected recordings.
You can even enable a function that allows you to delete recordings by giving Alexa a verbal instruction. However, a warning is given that anyone with access to your Alexa device can order that.
When you go through your list of recordings, sometimes you only see a line item with & # 39; Alexa & # 39; for those times when you mentioned the assistant's name, but did not intend to actually use it. By tapping individual requests, you can also hear yourself in cases where you said these prompts to Alexa and choose to delete only those instances if you want. or "audio could not be understood." Click on it and you can listen to a recording of what you or someone in your household said that caused the Echo to listen to that conversation. In 2018 we had Andrew Liptak, the weekend editor of
The Verge view his Alexa history and his Echo device recorded a fragment of his mother-in-law who teased his son and said, "Alexa goes to take you Alexa concluded in the app that the audio was not intended for the assistant and that the speaker did not return an answer.
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The company of course warns that this could “affect your Alexa experience” As mentioned above, Amazon keeps track of these recordings to personalize the Alexa experience for your household and uses them to create an acoustic model of your voice. Although it automatically creates a speech profile for every new user who recognizes it (or has added it manually), the company says it will remove acoustic models if it has not recognized any user for three years.
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For heavy Alexa users who already have this command & # 39; 39 Running through to find egregious conversations to delete can be too much work. But if you're nervous about what the Echo has listened to you, it might be worth browsing to make sure it didn't record something that you don't want to send elsewhere.
Update November 21, 2019, 11:20 AM ET: This article was originally published on May 28, 2018. It has been updated with the latest Alexa privacy settings on the Alexa app and on the web.
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