Smart assistants are more advanced than ever and their level of security has advanced greatly over the past year, mostly when communicating to their smart home accessories, especially after a series of discoveries revealing that the tech giants were recording and reviewing voice commands of users without their consent surfaced.
Thankfully, Google, Apple and Amazon finally made the decision to either halt the process of having actual humans review voice recordings (to boost accuracy, supposedly) or to allow users to pick whether they agree to have their vocal input analyzed or not.
Denying access to voice commands
Here is how to stop employees from tech corporations to listen to your voice recordings:
Alexa: Go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data, where you can toggle off the “ Use voice Recordings to improve Amazon Services” switch.
Google: Even though Google has suspended human review of audio recordings, users can go to myaccount.google.com > Web&App activity and uncheck the box that reads “Include voice and audio recordings”.
Apple: Apple also stated that they will no longer listen to Siri recordings without permission. To modify your settings, go to Settings > Privacy > Analytics and Improvements > Improve Siri & Dictation
Deleting voice recordings
For those who want to delete their history of voice commands, they can do the following, according to the device they are using:
Amazon: Open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History > Delete All Recordings for All History.
Google: Go to myaccount.google.com > Data and Personalization > Web & App Activity > Manage Activity and then tap the three stacked dots menu from the top of the screen> Delete activity by and choose whatever criteria fits your needs.
Alternatively, you can use the voice command: “Hey Google, delete everything i just said”
Apple: A new feature introduced by the iOS 13.2 included the option to delete all of the user’s recordings: Go to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History and the tap Delete Siri & Dictation History.