Worried about your smart home device collecting information? Now you can just tell Alexa to forget it all. Like a memory-zapping flash from the Men In Black, all you have to do is say “Alexa, delete everything I said today.”
Once you say the magic words, Alexa will wipe all recordings made from midnight that day until the moment right before you issue the command. The new function is part of an effort to push for greater privacy for consumers, so that they can enjoy the benefits of having a smart home assistant without any fear over privacy.
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The new function come-on the heels of Amazon’s announcement of the Echo Show 5 smart-screen device, which is equipped with a physical cover for it’s forward-facing camera. This allows the device to still listen for wake word “Alexa” but disconnects the microphone and camera from functioning.
Amazon also announced that it will be making it easier for users to access privacy settings by grouping Alexa settings into an online Alexa Privacy Hub. The controls will also continue to be available in Amazon’s Alexa apps.