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If you're worried about exactly what the Amazon echo-linked speaker has recorded in your home, there's an easy way to find out.
Amazon provides all the latest recording to listen to in the Companion Alexa app for iOS and Android.
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on Amazon said consistently that The echo speakers only hear and record after you use the wake-up word, usually "Alexa", to make your request. But last week it became known that a Portland woman's picture was accidentally sent to a colleague. Amazon has said that it is investigating what happens to prevent similar situations in the future.
To find your recordings, open the app, click on the menu on the left, select Settings, and scroll down to History. You can read your sentences, play and delete the original recording.
Attention – this can take a long time and a very slow beat, because if you have an echo speaker for a few months, Amazon probably has a lot of shots of you. Most are banal, but if you put the word "Alexa" in everyday conversation, guess what – you were recorded.
Go to the "History" section of the Amazon Alexa app to find your Alexa shots (Photo: Screenshot)
When you go through the files that are sent to Amazon You can delete them one by one in the app or together in the Web App:
In our case, it was an endless list of each time we said the word "Alexa", which went back to March 2016, when we bought the echo device for the first time.
The app also informed how many times we requested certain radio stations, song titles or podcasts, asked the speaker to increase the volume to "pause" a song, request the current time, and various phrases where the word Alexa entered a conversation.
The key phrase to watch out for is "text not available". All "Alexa", song and podcast requests are written in the app in letters and companion voice recordings. The "text not available" is for those times when Echo woke up with the wake-up word and recorded something that was not a request.
It was scary then.
For example, I wrote my wife a USA TODAY article that I wrote last week due to the Alexa mistake and was therefore recorded with a tape. The piece was about "Alexa makes these Wacko calls "which is a fragment of the sentence I talked about at the kitchen table.
Alexa recorded a segment of my Talking Tech podcast in which I talked about a recent survey where I asked the same 150 questions to "Google and Siri and Alexa". It awoke me that answers from "Amazon Alexa were generally more useful," and it continued with the second sentence, though he had no instruction for the wizard in the phrase.
If you're talking about Alexa and wondering about it, the app has a lot of files waiting for you to delete.
Amazon says it stores our voice recordings "to learn your voice and how you speak, to improve the accuracy of the results you receive and to improve our services."
Reader – what are? Her thoughts? How do you feel about Alexa? Let's discuss on Twitter where I'm @jeffersongraham.
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