Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically

Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically
In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, an Amazon Echo Dot is displayed. Users can now ask Amazon to automatically delete recordings of their voice commands after three months or 18 months. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) (Source: Elaine Thompson)

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Users of Amazon's Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically.

Amazon says it saves such commands to improve the service. But the practice has raised concerns with privacy experts who say the recordings could get into the wrong hands, especially as Amazon and other companies use human reviewers rather than just machines. Tech companies have been reviewing their practices in light of those concerns.

Previously, users had to go into Alexa’s settings and delete recordings manually. Users can now ask Amazon to automatically delete recordings after three months or 18 months. But users need to specify that in the settings, as recordings are kept indefinitely by default. And there’s no automatic option for immediate deletion. Users would still need to do that manually.

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