In the debate about the evaluation of users ‘ data from a language assistant is Amazon’s service Alexa again in the focus.

According to a report in the “Welt am Sonntag” to temporary employees, in part, of home data from Amazon’s assistant, Alexa language to evaluate. “Some employees allowed to work from other locations,” said Amazon of the newspaper. “Strict security measures and policies must apply to every employee and hold”, it means, therefore, in the opinion of the group. In particular, the work in public places is prohibited.

as of this weekend, Amazon Alexa users are concerned about their data and offers a new Option: you can prevent the evaluation of the recordings made by employees of the group. The Alexa App a new switch now.

In the past few weeks, there had been more and more criticism of the fact that people are fragments of conversations the user is listening to and typing the url, in order to improve the speech recognition recorded. The year-long practice was the users until a few months ago largely unknown.

Now, the Alexa, the App indicates to the user in a point in the privacy-settings for the first time explicitly, the voice recordings to be used “may be in the development of new functions and manually checked in order to improve our Services”. Only a “very small proportion” of the recordings was affected. Via the Software switch, the the rejects, placed Amazon a warning that the switch Off may be limiting features.

voice assistant Software like Alexa, or Siri to respond to voice commands of the user. On the “Alexa, what time is it?” replies the assistant, for example, with the time of day.

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