By default, those Robo-Assistants you purchased can put you in trouble because they basically listen to you every time. Whether it’s Google Home, Siri or Alexa, you need to be more careful whenever you’re beside them, else they’ll pick whatever you are saying.
This information was revealed that these companies have been recording and reviewing users’ voice data without consent. This method is said to be their so-called accurate way of improving the system rather than having humans review voice recordings.
Despite the fact that these companies aren’t facing any strict scrutiny about how they use users’ data especially voice recordings without their consent, it might be really smart to be more concerned about privacy by putting a halt to these strangers listening to you as you command your Robo-Assistants. The option to wipe out all interactions you may have made with the devices such as the Google Home, Amazon Echo and HomePod can be achieved.
How to Stop Google, Amazon and Apple from listening to your voice
In Amazon Alexa: To stop the monitoring era of Amazon’s staffs from listening to whatever you are saying, you will have to Open the Alexa Application and then Go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data. This is where you can toggle off the “Use Voice Recording to Improve Amazon Services to Develop New Features”. Sound undetecting right?
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As for Google: Google had decided to pause the human review of audio recordings. However you might still want to be sure just in case you’re not sure about the big “G”. Head over to MyAccount.google.com > Web & App Activity and then uncheck the Box that says Include Voice and Audio Recordings.
And Apple: Apple actually announced that it had stopped Siri from listening to your voice without your permission but who are we to trust these multi-billion dollar companies right? If you just want to be on the safe side then head over to Settings > Privacy > Analytics & Improvements > turn off Improve Siri & Dictation.
How to delete your recorded voice from smart speakers
Google: In order for you to delete your voice command history, you need to head over to myaccount.google.com and then Data and Personalization > Web & App Activity > Manage Activity and then tap the three dots menu at the top of the screen then select Delete Activity by and Choose from the option: All Time, Last Hour, Last Day and so on. Remember to tap Delete to confirm.
Or you can just tell Google to delete your voice command history. Just say “Hey Google, delete everything I just said.”
Amazon: This year, Amazon announced two new Alexa commands that will let you delete your voice transcripts by asking Alexa. Just say “Alexa, delete everything I said today” or “Alexa, delete what I just said.” Yeah just like that. But that’s also a voice command right?
You might just want to delete your entire history of voice commands. So head over to the Alexa application and then go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History > Delete All Recordings for all History.
Apple: The Delete all recordings feature also comes only with the latest iOS 13.2. Meanwhile, you can just head on to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History and then Select Delete Siri & Dictation History. And that’s it.
I hope these quick tips can save you the paranoia of losing your voice recordings to some people you don’t trust. Let’s know if you have a better way of stopping Google, Siri and Alexa from listening to you every time.