If you own an Amazon Echo or another Alexa-enabled device, you can now tell Alexa to delete your voice recordings. While this is currently only limited to voice recordings up to one day old, it is at least a start.
Amazon Records Your Alexa Voice Commands
Amazon has been getting some bad press of the way it retains voice recordings . There have been claims Amazon tracks and shares voice data, and even that Amazon employees are listening to these snapshots of conversation to help the Alexa AI.
It is possible to delete these voice recordings manually through the Alexa app. Click the hamburger menu in the top-left, then Settings then Alexa Account followed by History .
However, Amazon is now making it even easier to delete your Alexa voice recordings
How to Delete Your Alexa Voice Recordings
Starting today, you can delete all of your voice recordings with a voice command. Just say, "Alexa, everything will be deleted today," and your data will be deleted.
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About the next few weeks, Alexa will learn a second trick. This one will allow you to delete your most recent voice recording. Just say, "Alexa, just what I just said" to the Alexa server for your last command from the Amazon servers.
Unfortunately, this is opt-in only, so you'll have to install it the Alexa app first. To do so, open the app, go to Settings> Alexa Account> Alexa Privacy> Review Voice History . Then toggle "Enable Deletion By Voice"
Alexa Is Listening, But That's OK
There are likely to be practical reasons why Amazon is only users to delete voice recordings up to a day old. However, we would like to see this extended so that users can delete data stored over a longer period, preferably, everything you have ever said.
Hopefully, this option to delete your voice recordings on a daily basis will embolden you to ask Alexa some funny questions. You can play on an echo . Tony Webster / Flickr
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