The Alexa digital assistant has become widely popular for its easy-to-use voice commands, but users be warned: Your conversations aren’t always private. Amazon has found itself in hot water lately over privacy concerns with Alexa, even prompting a Congressional inquiry into how the company handles user data. In response, Amazon rolled out a new feature for Alexa-equipped devices that will allow users to delete some of the stored voice data, CNBC reports.
To delete the recordings, you can say “Alexa, delete everything I said today.” Another command, in which users can say “Alexa, delete what I just said,” is also planned to be released in the next few weeks, according to CNBC.
This is the first time Amazon has allowed Alexa users to delete voice data with a voice command, The Verge reports. Before this new feature, scrubbing that data required going into the app to erase individual recordings, or logging into your Amazon web account to bulk delete. Unfortunately, Amazon does not currently offer a way for users to completely disable voice data storage with Alexa.
In addition to the new commands, Amazon also unveiled its latest smart home device, the Echo Show 5, (slated to go on sale June 26) and launched an “Alexa Privacy Hub” that aims to give users more control over their data settings. According to Wired, the hub will allow you to do things like delete past voice recordings and opt out of data sharing with third-party developers.
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