The AI assistant will soon also respond to the voice command “Alexa, delete what I just said” to get rid of individual recordings in the U.S., a spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.
The ability to quickly get rid of recordings is likely attractive to people concerned with Amazon’s privacy protections.
Last year, a woman reported that Alexa recorded a conversation with her husband and then sent it to her husband’s employee, an event that attracted questions from the U.S. Senate.
An Alexa user in Germany in December 2018 said they were given access to more than 1,000 voice recordings from another user.
An Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat the feature was added as part of Amazon’s commitment to privacy, but the news comes a day after the Anti-Eavesdropping Act (AB 1395) passed the California State Assembly, a law that will require the makers of ambient listening devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers to receive consent before recording voices.
Illinois lawmakers nearly passed a law last month to make obtaining voice recordings without consent illegal.