You can now disable Alexa listening by Amazon employees
More and more are released virtual assistants to the market, and we see more and more devices to have them in our home so that they “help” us in the tasks that we carry out in our day to day. A proliferation that has led to an increase in concern for our privacy. Who listens to the conversations we have in our home? Do they use recordings to “improve” these attendees? The answer is yes.
Now Amazon wants to score a point by allowing us to disable this listening, they do not say that they will automatically stop analyzing conversations with Alexa, but they do give us the option to disable this listening (or so they say they will). After the jump we will tell you how to disable this listening that can compromise our privacy…
Amazon somehow follows in the footsteps of Applewho have confirmed that they abandon Siri development through listening to conversations, and we say somewhat because they do not abandon these listenings but rather they inform us of the reason why they do them and allow us to remove their listening permission.
Training Alexa with recordings from a wide range of customers helps us ensure the service works well for everyone. When this option is enabled, your voice recordings may be used to develop new features and manually reviewed to improve our services. Only an extremely small fraction of voice recordings are manually reviewed.
How to disable listening to conversations with Alexa by Amazon employees?
The first thing we have to do is update the Alexa app for iOSthen we just have to follow the steps below to remove the permission to listen to our recordings with Alexa and thus not authorize Amazon to “improve Amazon services and develop new features”. Follow the steps below to remove these listeners:
- Open the Alexa app menu by tapping on the settings menu icon in the top left.
- Tap Alexa Privacy.
- go to “Manage how your data helps us improve Alexa”.
- Block “Help improve Amazon services and develop new features” buttons and “Use messages to improve transcriptions” buttons per user.
so already we will have blocked, or so we have to believe, all the listening that the Amazon guys do with our Alexa devices. Any other option? not use these virtual assistants, you will live better…