Buried in this morning’s Echo Show 5 announcement are a couple of brand-new security features worth highlighting. In addition to the inclusion of a built-in camera shutter on the brand-new smart display are a pair of Echo commands that let users erase voice recordings with an alexa control.
“Alexa, erase what I said today” rolls out to Alexa users starting today. “Alexa, erase what I just said” will be arriving in the U.S. in the coming weeks and other countries where the smart assistant is available in the next month. Amazon has offered the ability to erase recordings via the app for some moment now, but this brings the functionality to the front with an easy via control.
The process works similarly to deleting recordings via the app, starting the deletion process immediately.
While the company has long contended that it doesn’t actively record conversations and protects records on encrypted servers, the always-on nature of Echo and similar smart home products have raised alarms among security analysts and constant users alike.
The addition of the feature is clearly a response to such pushback and a try for Amazon to let users be a bit more proactive about controlling how Amazon treats their conversations.