Yes, Alexa is registering you. Here’s how to delete records from your Amazon Echo.

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FILE – In this September 27, 2017 file photo, the Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices at an event announcing several of the company’s new Amazon products in Seattle. Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request automatic deletion of their voice command recordings. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, file)

(NEXSTAR) – When you ask Alexa for the weather forecast, she isn’t just listening – she is recording.

Amazon fully admits that its Echo devices (and the virtual assistant named Alexa that goes with them) log your interactions every time they turn on. Normally this happens when you initiate a request or command saying “Alexa…”, but it can also happen accidentally, when the device thinks you are saying something to wake it up.

Amazon says recordings aren’t just for your benefit – they’re for everyone. Alexa can adapt to your voice over time so that the device understands you better, and you could help the virtual assistant better learn different accents or speech patterns. Additionally, if the device stores your past conversations, you can refer to it (ie “What song did you play yesterday?”).

But if you don’t care about all of that, then you have the option to delete all of those recordings. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Access Alexa privacy settings
  2. Click on “Review voice history”
  3. There you can view all the voice recordings of the device, sorted by date or by device
  4. Select those you want to delete (or all) and click on “Delete selected records”

You can also do this in the Alexa app. Just go to “Settings”, then “Alexa Privacy” and “Review Voice History”.

If you want to configure your device to delete all recordings in the future, go back to “Alexa privacy settings” and then search for “Manage your data.” In the “Voice recordings” section, you will have the choice to automatically delete the recordings immediately, after three months or after 18 months.

If you choose to automatically delete all recordings in the future, Amazon says the device will delete your voice recording after your interaction with Alexa is complete.

For more detailed instructions, see the Amazon website.


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