Everywhere you go, you are being watched, with multiple cameras on highways, downtown cores, stores, restaurants. Did you know you are also being listened to in your own home?
According to a new report from Bloomberg says Amazon employees are listening to people when they use their Alexa device. Amazon employs thousands of people to listen to voice recordings in order to improve Alexa’s understanding of the human language. Most of the workers have been sworn to secrecy.
But there’s a way to prevent Amazon employees from listening in. CNBC went through the Alexa app, and the option to share this type of information with Amazon was on by default. You can turn it off.
In the Alexa app, which is available for iPhones and Android, the Alexa privacy settings page says this:
Use Voice Recordings to Help Develop New Features
Training Alexa with recordings from a diverse range of customers helps ensure Alexa works well for everyone. When this setting is enabled, your voice recordings may be used in the development of new features. If you turn this setting off, new features may not work well for you.
The page also, by default, lets Amazon improve transcription by using the messages you send with Alexa to other people.
To turn these settings off, do this:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen.
- Select “Alexa Account.”
- Choose “Alexa Privacy.”
- Select “Manage how your data improves Alexa.”
- Turn off the button next to “Help Develop New Features.”
- Turn off the button next to your name under “Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions.”