How much can Amazon, Google and Apple employees really hear and how can we stop their ears from listening in on private conversations? Just a quick glance around at home and you’ll likely find a few
Apple, Amazon and Google devices. So popular are some of these branded devices, such as Echo smart speakers, smart phones, smart displays, HomePods and even the new Facebook Portal Plus. Possibly your home has a smart device every few feet from each other.
In other words, smart gadgets are taking over our homes. And understandably these devices warrant privacy concerns. For instance, these companies have a known history of
recording and reviewing users’ voice data. But there are many ways to stop their eavesdropping and protect your privacy.
Above all, you can put a stop to strangers listening to your voice commands and completely wipe all interactions you’ve made with your device, if you’re concerned about your
privacy. Now these options are available for Google Home, Amazon Echo, and HomePod devices. How to Keep Amazon, Google and Apple employees from listening in
A step by step guide to putting a stop to
Amazon employees listening to your voice recordings.
In the Alexa app
Manage Your Alexa Data.
From here, select
Choose How Long to Save Recordings
Don’t Save Recordings
Next, scroll down to
Help Improve Alexa, and switch the Use of Voice Recordings to off.
If you concerned about Google listening in, even if they have
suspended human review of audio recordings here are 2 ways to switch them off.
On your PC, go to
click the S
ettings Bars in the top left.
Next, uncheck the box that says
Include Audio Recordings to prevent Google from linking your voice recordings with your account.
2. You can also open the
Google Home mobile app.
Include Audio Recordings on or off.
Apple announced it would no longer listen to Siri recordings without your permission back in 2019 So if you originally opted in and now want to opt out.
Go to your iPhone’s
Analytics and Improvements
> turn off
Improve Siri & Dictation.
2. You can also tap
Settings > Siri & Search. Toggle off Listen for “Hey Siri.”
: Google Assistant: How to improve your privacy by turning it off How to delete your voice recordings from Alexa, Siri and Google
To delete your voice transcripts, Amazon offers three Alexa commands that make it possible.
“Alexa, delete everything I said today”
“Alexa, delete what I just said.”
“Alexa, delete everything I’ve ever said.”
Or if you want to do this manually you can
delete your entire history
Open the Alexa app and go to
Review Voice History.
Next, tap the downward-facing arrow next to
Displaying and then the arrow next to Filter By Date. Then you will tap All History
Delete All My Recordings.
Need more information about keeping your information private? Take a look at
what to do if you have Amazon Echo privacy fears Google
To delete your voice command history, with Google you can just say, “Hey, Google, delete everything I just said.”
Data and Personalization
Web & App Activity > Manage Activity
> Tap the three stacked dots menu at the top of the screen
Delete Activity By and choose from the options — all time, last hour, last day, etc. Tap Delete to confirm.
Need more information about keeping your information private? Check out how to further
shore up your Google Home privacy settings Apple
A previous ISO update feature at Apple allowed you to
delete all of your recordings.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open your
Siri & Search
Siri & Dictation History
> and select
Delete Siri & Dictation History.
On a HomePod, go to
HomePod Settings in the Home app and tap Siri History. Then tap Delete Siri History.
Need more information about keeping your information private? Check out these top five new security and privacy settings for your iPhone.