Stop Amazon employees from listening to your Alexa recordings
Don't want to run the risk of anyone reviewing your Alexa recordings? Turn this feature off.
Jason CiprianiContributing Writer, ZDNet
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Last week, Amazon announced that you can opt out of a program that Amazon used to improve Alexa. Amazon employees listen to a small portion of recordings to verify accuracy, potentially exposing private conversations and information to those employees. Amazon added the option after Apple and Google announced similar plans to stop listening to recordings.
Click on the box labeled Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa.
Turn "Help Improve Amazon Services and Develop New Features" off by clicking on the switch.
Confirm your decision by clicking on Turn Off.
Or the Alexa app
Follow these steps to opt-out using the Alexa app on your phone:
In the Alexa app, slide out the menu and tap on Settings.
Select Alexa Privacy.
Tap Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa.
Turn "Help Improve Amazon Services and Develop New Features" off by tapping the switch.
Confirm your decision.
Amazon warns that turning off this feature could mean that voice recognition won't work and you may have trouble using new features as they become available. But if you're worried about privacy above all else, that's a small trade-off to ensure no one's listening to your private recordings.