Earlier this year, CNET revealed that Amazon keeps transcripts of your Alexa recordings even after you delete the audio portion of the interaction. The company has finally added the ability to delete records and transcripts.
You can disable the use of the website or the Alexa app on your phone.
You can visit Amazon's Alexa privacy settings website to opt out. Follow these steps:
- Click the box labeled Manage how your data improves Alexa .
- Uncheck "Help to improve Amazon services and develop new features" by clicking the button.
Confirm your decision by clicking Shut Down.
Or the Alexa app
Follow these steps to disable using the Alexa app on your phone:
- In the Alexa app, drag the menu out and tap Settings . ,
- Select Alexa Privacy .
- Tap Manage how your data improves Alexa .
- Disable Help Improve Amazon Services and Develop New Features by tapping the toggle button.
- Confirm your decision.
Amazon warns you that disabling this feature may cause speech recognition to fail, and you may have trouble using new features as they become available. But if you're worried about privacy, this is a small compromise to make sure no one hears your private recordings.
While we're at it, it's also a good idea to take a few minutes to search all the Alexa records and transcripts that Amazon keeps.