Amazon recently announced an easy solution for privacy-conscious individuals to delete the devices' saved recordings. Now, with a simple voice command, anyone with an Alexa-powered device can wipe it clean of previously recorded data.
To be fair, the solution exists already, although it was nearly as straightforward for the end user. Users had the use of the Alexa app, or the Amazon website to delete these recordings.
As privacy concerns about the use of always-on speakers, Amazon seems to be responding to a child to some of its biggest concerns. To date, these groups have mostly centered on interference voice data on Amazon-owned servers to better train its artificial intelligence.
For consumers, the decision to use these devices came with an implicit agreement to allow them to store this data, though it is unclear how many smart speaker owners know this to be the case
Alexa, and Apple's Siri, keep recordings of anything said after the devices hear "wake" words that trigger them to action. Google's assistant used to, although recently decided to keep recordings heard after its "Hey, Google" prompt.
Amazon's new feature, available today, lets users remove a day's worth of recording data by saying, "Alexa, delete everything I said today. ”Amazon also says it will soon allow users to delete individual requests by saying,“ Alexa, what I just said, ”according to the Washington Post.
While it's a step in the right direction, you have to wonder whether the delete command is actually deleting all evidence of your conversation with a smart assistant. Strictly speculating, it's plausible that Amazon can use the data before deleting it too, for training purposes, presumably.
Amazon did not respond to our request for comment attempt to clarify how it was using the data during the window in which it was deleted every time it was deleted or it was deleted everywhere.
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