Your phone is keeping a recording of everything you say to your Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google’s assistant.
And, while this may appear to be a clear violation of privacy (and it is!) companies say they do this supposedly to improve their AI assistants’ performance.
One of the most important things to always remember about your phone is that it has a microphone, and it’s not just there for listening to music or taking calls. If you’re buying a phone these days, chances are good that it comes with some sort of voice assistant like Apple’s Siri or Google’s Assistant. These assistants have access to all kinds of information — your location, your calendar, your contacts, your search history — and they’re always listening for commands and questions.
But you might have wondered what happens after you say something during one of those conversations. Does it just go away forever? The answer may surprise you.
The short answer is: no, it doesn’t go away, but it has been stored. But there’s also a long answer that we’re going to get into here. Your AI assistants are constantly listening to everything you say and waiting for your command.
This information is then used by developers to improve the AI assistant’s performance across all platforms. This goes against our privacy policies with these developers, although most of them have apologized concerning this issue. But just to be on the safe side, we advise that you put an end to your Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistants listening in on your conversations.
How to Stop Amazon’s Alexa From keeping a phone recording of your conversation?
First thing you should do is locate the app for Amazon’s Alexa. Next, you will click “More” and navigate to “Settings” from the drop-down menu. From the settings options, you would click on “Alexa Privacy.” After this, you have to select “Review Voice History,” which helps to view all your recordings that Alexa has stored, and you can go ahead and delete the ones that you want, or better still, delete all of them.
In order to manage how Alexa keeps your recordings, you can use this method. From the “Alexa Privacy” page, you can navigate and select “Manage Your Alexa Data.” Then select “Choose How Long to save recordings.” From the menu, you can either decide to keep your recordings and delete them much later; save them for a period of time and they get deleted automatically after; or don’t save them at all and delete all the previous recordings.
How to Stop Apple’s Siri from Recording your Conversations?
If you wish to delete all the previous recordings Siri has saved, you will have to click on the Settings app. Next, navigate to “Siri and search” and click on it. Next, you should select “Siri and Dictation History” and click on “Delete Siri and dictation history” to clear all previous phone recordings.
In order to stop Siri from listening in on your conversation, you can turn off “Listen for Hey Siri” from the “Siri and search” options. Also, you can stop Apple from using your data by navigating to “Privacy” from the options in your settings app. Then, click on “Analytics and improvements” and navigate to “Improve Siri and dictation” and turn it off.
How to Stop Google’s Assistant from Recording your Conversations?
To do this, click on your settings app and navigate to “Google.” Next, click on “Settings for Google apps,” then click on “Search” and select “Assistant and voice.” After this, click on “Google and voice match” and turn off “Hey Google” from the options provided.
The problem is that most people don’t realize their conversations are being recorded by Amazon’s Alexa and other AI assistants. They also don’t know how to turn off their phone’s voice recording function. This means that unless you take steps to disable the feature, there’s a chance that your phone is listening in on everything you say.