It’s creepy and true; Amazon is listening.
Millions of people have the company's smart speakers in their homes and Amazon employs thousands of workers in different countries around the world to analyze snippets of audio picked up by the devices. The goal is to help improve the software's understanding of language to better answer user requests.
While it’s true that technically Amazon listens, the employees are required to sign non-disclosure agreements about what they hear, and Amazon says only a small fraction of audio is listened to and analyzed.
If you don’t want to be in the mix of what is listened to, you can opt out of having your voice recording used in development of new features in the software's privacy settings. In case you’re wondering, there are even protocols in place for when possible crimes are heard.
Source: Fox News
There is a way, however, to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on your conversations...
It probably would be smart of Amazon to make it an option to turn ON the feature, but for now, you must turn off the option that allows the eavesdropping. As we told you, the online retail giant employs thousands to analyze Alexa owners and what they say. Creepy!
If you want to block that, here’s how:
- Go to “Alexa Account”
- Then Choose “Alexa Privacy”
- Then “Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa”
- Turn OFF “Helps Develop New Features”
- Turn OFF Use messages To Improve Transcriptions
Hopefully, there’s no other way they can listen in. If you’re concerned about privacy and have another kind of virtual assistant device, read the instructions and settings.