Alexa is listening to you. And now you can hear yourself.
The company’s Echo speakers have come under scrutiny in recent weeks for the way they collect recordings like people talking to them, and the way those recordings are used.
They can often document very personal and intimate moments, as the Amazon Echo tends to sit at home.
But you can listen to those moments—and, perhaps more importantly, delete them so they can’t be archived by Amazon and give you peace of mind.
Most likely, most recordings will be pretty dull, though listening to them can give you some idea of what kinds of things your speakers have picked up on.
Listening to recordings is straightforward, and Amazon is transparent about them, even if the option to find them in the first place isn’t entirely obvious. You can go to the respective page by clicking Here and signing in; On the Alexa app, you can click Settings, select “Alexa Privacy,” and then select “Review Voice History.”
The most useful part of this feature is the ability to remove them. This is done very simply: select the relevant “date range” from the picker, and then select “delete all recordings”. Select “All History” if you want to get rid of everything.
This issue has been highlighted by recent articles, including one by the Washington Post, in which a reporter was able to collect so many recordings from her Alexa speaker that she could make a song out of them.
The issue has become more prominent since it emerged that people were being hired by Amazon to listen through recordings, which can include snapshots of your most personal moments. Amazon says recording is being done to make the service better and employees aren’t listening, but it’s a reminder of the fact that nothing you say to Alexa doesn’t necessarily go between the two of you. .
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /