Smart speakers add a level ofbut there are also some privacy issues associated with using them. We've seen reports of everything from for future opportunities for based on the tone of your voice. If you really, really are concerned about confidentiality, you should probably abandon these devices altogether.
But there are some steps you can take right now to better manage your privacy options. Forfocus on this record, everything starts in the Alexa app. Let's get started.
Note: You need an Amazon smartphone and an Alexa app login to continue.to learn how to set up an Alexa device and create an account.
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Step 2: View Your Voice History
Click "Read Voice History" on the Alexa privacy screen. On this page you can view a log of your voice history by time period. Your options include: Today, Yesterday, This Week, This Month, All History, and Custom.
With the custom setting, you can specify a specific date range per day, month, and year.
Once you have set the time frame, you get a list of all your Alexa commands. Click on one to listen to it – or select one or more recordings – and delete them. To delete all your recordings, select "All History" for the date range and you can choose to "delete all recordings for the entire history."
Step 3: See your warning history
Click on "Review smart alert history" on the Alexa privacy screen.
"Alerts" refers to activity you have given Alexa permission to discover. This includes things like the sound of glass breaking or a smoke detector. Like the voice history settings, the Alexa app filters warning history by date range and you can either delete each alert log individually – or delete all at once.
Step 4: See the history of smart home device
Click "Manage smart home devices history" on the Alexa privacy screen.
Alexa gathers information about third-party smartphones that you connect to your smart Amazon speaker. It collects details as if a smart light switch is on or off and your desired set temperature for your smart thermostat.
Select "Delete smart home devices history" to remove these data from the Alexa app.  Step 5: View Your Permissions Permissions
Click "Manage Permissions Permissions" on the Alexa privacy screen.
This section that determines what information you share with the variousyou use. You can share much of your data with Alexa without understanding it.
Permits include everything from your street address to your country and postal code and your name, phone number and email address. Choose each authorization individually to see which skill has which information. You may be okay with Uber with your street address, but you may not. Just change the switch to select the desired setting.
Step 6: See how Alexa uses your data
Click "Manage how your data improves Alexa" on the Alexa privacy screen.
This screen describes how Amazon can use your voice recordings to create new Alexa features. Amazon's wording in the app is: "Alexa education with a wide range of customer recordings helps ensure that Alexa works well for everyone. When these settings are enabled, your voice recordings can be used to develop new features."
Not cool with that? Switch the switch to turn off the setting.
Amazon will also use the messages you send via Alexa to "improve the transcription accuracy." Like the voice recordings, turn the gear to turn off the setting.
Do you still have any questions? Read this Amazon customer service page about Alexa and smart talking privacy.
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