28 June 2019
Amazon has announced the brand-new Echo Show 5 today, which also brings several new features to all Alexa-enabled devices. One of the features introduced is for privacy-conscious homeowners, who can now ask Alexa to erase their voice command history for the day. Users will be able to ask Alexa to “delete everything I said today” which will wipe the history of the Echo Show 5. Users will also be able to say "Alexa, delete what I just said" and just remove their most recent utterance.
Amazon stated that the new feature with the voice command "Alexa, delete everything I said today" is live from today, while "Alexa, delete what I just said" will be rolled out over the coming weeks. The company added that it will listen to customer feedback and may incorporate further options or improvements over time.
To enable the feature users will have to go into their Alexa Privacy settings page and review their voice history. Once their flip the toggle that says "Enable deletion by voice."
An Amazon spokesperson said: "By making this opt-in, customers are able to control for any unintended deletions." Amazon has introduced a new "Alexa Privacy Hub" that will be a one-stop shop for customers to learn about Alexa and its privacy policies.
The Echo Show 5 will be available in the US in June, and the UK launch date for the product is yet to be confirmed.