While the company is engaged in an “ongoing effort to ensure those transcripts do not remain in any of Alexa’s other storage systems,” there are still records from some conversations with Alexa that Amazon won’t delete, even if people remove the audio.
In addition, Alexa also retains all purchase requests, reminders, and alarms.
You, the user, must take the extra step to delete this data – and even if you do – Amazon doesn’t always follow through.
Despite reports by cnet and other tech sites, this news flew under the radar when reported last Tuesday – two days before Independence Day.
As cnet points out, voice assistants aren’t the only cause for privacy concerns. Any smart home device – locks, doorbells, or appliances – can potentially collect and share your data. Be aware that the price you pay for convenience may mean sacrificing privacy.
If you’re referring to the annual “60 in 60” tips session at the ABA TECHSHOW you are absolutely right! From useful websites to new apps, gadgets, or tools for lawyers – the content is always unpredictable.
For all the details from TECHSHOW 2019, see my full story on Wakelet. Meanwhile, here are a few of the highlights:
Flow-e – email client that turns your messages into a visual (Kanban style) task board.
Instant tethering – use your Android phone to connect more than 45 Chrome/Android devices.
MileIQ – free mileage tracking that integrates with Office 365.
PassProtect – realtime check for potentially unsafe passwords.
Poll Everywhere – polling software that integrates with connected presentations, updating slides in real time as answers are texted in.
Rocket Book – a pen and paper notebook that saves what you write to the cloud. Erase your notes using your microwave oven when you use Pilot FriXion pens.
Tweet Delete – automatically delete old tweets from your Twitter account.
Windows 10 GodMode – If you’re sick of switching between Settings and the Control Panel or searching for your lost settings in Windows, use GodMode.
There’s so much more … like where to find a wireless “endoscope” smartphone camera to explore hard-to-reach locations.
Hopefully I’ve tempted you. Check out the complete list from 60 in 60! Where else will you learn how to enable private browsing, design better slide decks, create shortcuts for your iOS devices, find the best Chrome extensions, or access a legal keyboard with over 35 legal symbols and functions in one keystroke?