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Alexa Privacy Settings Update

Don't want Amazon to store your Alexa recordings?

You can now automatically delete them

You can easily have recordings of your interactions with Alexa that are 3+ or 18+ months old automatically deleted on an ongoing basis. With this fantastic (and brand new) privacy feature, you can set it and forget it -- and know your voice recordings won't be stored.

Wondering why Alexa needs to record you at all? In order to process what you have asked for when you say “Alexa, what’s the weather?” and give you a helpful response, Alexa needs to send what you said to the Amazon cloud. That’s where the actual analysis — taking your voice recording’s sound waves and figuring out a response — happens.
 

Do This Now: To automatically delete Alexa recordings, follow these easy steps

  1. Open the Alexa App
  2. Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
  3. Tap "Settings"
  4. Tap "Alexa Privacy"
  5. Tap "Manage Your Alexa Data"
  6. Tap "Automatically delete recordings," make your selection and tap the "Confirm" button
I decided to auto-delete my recordings that are 18+ months old. My hope is this will improve my privacy while not significantly degrading Alexa's ability to provide a personalized experience.

For more privacy pro tips, check out The 5 Alexa Privacy Tips You Need To Know

Alexa adds multilingual mode for bilingual households

Until now, Alexa could only manage one language at a time (changing the language required adjusting settings). But with this new feature, Alexa can tell what language you are speaking to her and answer you in that language. This is game-changer for bilingual households. Today, multilingual mode can only handle two languages at a time: English and Spanish in the US, English and French in Canada, English and Hindi in India. More languages to come. Tap/click here to learn more.

Bonus: Listen to this podcast to hear my perspectives on future of Alexa, voice tech and AI!

Last week, I joined This Week In Voice, the #1 podcast for voice tech and AI, for a wide-ranging conversation covering:
  • Alexa's integration into GM cars
  • Google Assistant's new jean jacket
  • Siri becoming (a little) more open to Spotify and third party messaging apps
  • Microsoft's new surface earbuds
  • Whether a robot could one day be Prime Minister (listen to the episode to hear why I believe the answer is an emphatic no!)
Tap/click here to listen or search for This Week In Voice on any major podcast platform and tee up the latest episode (Season 4, Episode 6). You can also watch the podcast video on YouTube.

If you have thoughts or questions on the discussion, I'd love to hear from you!
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