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Amazon Digital Assistant Alexa Gets New Skill: Amnesia

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7Dnews London

Fri, 31 May 2019 08:25 GMT

Amazon has added a new feature to its Alexa digital assistant which will now make Alexa “forget” what it has heard in an attempt to alleviate concerns regarding Echo devices remembering people’s conversations, AFP has reported.

Alexa’s user will only have to say the following, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” and every conversation or command the user made that day will be deleted from the device.  

Concerns have been raised over privacy issues allowing Alexa to possibly “eavesdrop” on private conversations or moments. The new Amnesia feature will be added to the Alexa privacy hub that provides control over information shared on its devices, mainly Echo, which includes microphones and cameras.  

The company also gave its Alexa privacy website a facelift, adding a bit more explanation about how the software works. The company’s Echo Show 5, a new version of the screen-bearing smart speaker line, announced on May 29th, comes with a shutter that lets customers cover the built-in camera. 


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