Today is Data Privacy Day and Amazon explains privacy protection on Echo devices

On the occasion of Data Privacy Day, Amazon explains the data protection system that makes available to its customers who are always connected

Today is European data protection day. International day, which is celebrated annually on January 28, and with the noble purpose of raising awareness and promoting the importance of privacy and data protection, in a sector that is increasingly connected with force majeure, and increasingly dangerous for the user who is unaware of what can happen on the net.

Amazon, manufacturer of several products that boast millions of units, is also responsible for the privacy of its users, as they are devices that are always “listening”.

The devices Echo however, specifies the US giant, they are equipped with some physical elements that allow the user to have total control over interactions with Alexa. For example, by pressing the button to deactivate the microphones, they turn off and a red light turns on to indicate the deactivation. When the microphones are off, the device cannot record and stream audio to the cloud, even if the activation word is spoken. For what concerns the Echo Show devices with integrated camera, most of them are equipped with the appropriate camera cover, for greater peace of mind.

Today is Data Privacy Day and Amazon explains privacy protection on Echo devices

Today is Data Privacy Day and Amazon explains privacy protection on Echo devices

Alexa-enabled devices are also designed with a visual indicator, the blue light ring on the Echo, which signals when the device is receiving a request to transmit it to Amazon’s secure cloud. Devices with Alexa integration are designed to detect only the chosen activation word (eg Alexa, Amazon, Computer or Echo), or when the Action button (available on some devices) is pressed to activate Alexa. You can also configure Echo devices to play a short beep each time audio is sent to the cloud by going to the Alexa App Settings. Amazon’s Echo devices also receive regular security updates, which protect against the latest threats and vulnerabilities. In addition, a command is integrated that we can give to our device, to obtain a report; “Alexa, review my privacy settings”.

IS possible Furthermore enable the function of erasing voice recordings by voice. Once activated, you can delete the last interaction with Alexa by saying: “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today”, for the recordings of the day. In general, you can review and delete your voice recordings by logging into the Alexa App and following the path Settings> Alexa Privacy. In both cases, you can choose to automatically delete the recordings after 3 or 18 months, or not to save them at all. The registrations will be automatically deleted after processing the request and all those already present in the Voice history.

Today is Data Privacy Day and Amazon explains privacy protection on Echo devices

For owners of devices with Alexa integration, The Alexa Privacy Portal is a globally available resource that provides information on how Alexa and Echo devices work, as well as offering customers a single point of access to their most important privacy settings. Customers can learn more about Alexa’s privacy and experience by directly asking questions like “Alexa, what is the wake word?” or “Alexa, what are my privacy settings?”. Amazon also sends periodic emails to each customer highlighting important privacy information and new tools and features.

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