How to Check Your Voice Assistant Privacy Settings

lightning techtips logo-200x200Voice activated assistants are everywhere, but they may reveal more than you intend. Many of the major tech companies including Amazon, Google, and Apple have admitted to allowing human employees or contractors to listen to recordings in an effort to improve their services. There have also been instances of voice assistants activating accidentally, and at least one case of data mistakenly being recorded and sent without the consumer’s consent to a random contact in their address book.

Concerned? You should be. But there are ways to minimize your risks. Tech companies have responded to consumer backlash by providing more detailed information about when and how voice recordings are used, and offering better tools to manage your data.

If you use a voice assistant, I strongly recommend you review the settings for your device, and lock down your security as appropriate. If you are not using a voice assistant, for example on your phone, you should disable it. Here are links to the relevant support sites for Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

Amazon Alexa

Google Assistant

Apple Siri

Microsoft Cortana

 

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