Did you know all your digital assistant conversations are recorded?
Every time you talk to your the Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa on your phone or on a Google Home or Echo, the audio gets stored online as clips you can listen back to.
If you go to myactivity.google.com and filter your search by Voice & Audio, you'll be able to browse through and play all your Google Assistant voice commands and searches.
You can do the same with Amazon's Alexa through its mobile app.
Apple also records Siri conversations, but the company doesn't offer any way for users to listen back to the them.
Google and Amazon devices have been found to sometimes record conversations happening near them by mistake, with a recent Daily Mail report including an alleged examples in where the Google Assistant accidentally caught a user speaking a door key code.
Mishap recordings like these are known to happen when devices think they've heard a triggering phrase, whether it's "OK Google," in the case of the Google Assistant, or "Alexa," in the case of Amazon's Alexa.
Luckily, with both Google and Amazon's digital assistants, any stored recording can be deleted.
For the Google Assistant, you just have to go to its myactivity.google.com page, press the three-circle menu button above any clip's play button and then select the Delete option from the drop-down menu that appears. And if you hear something you don't like on Amazon's Alexa, you can clear out its entire conversation history by visiting the Manage Your Content and Devices section of Amazon.com, clicking the three-dot menu button next to your device and selecting "Manage voice recordings."
Though all of these companies say they only store clips of your voice to help teach their speech recognition software how to better understand you, the only way to ensure these recordings will never end up in unwanted hands is to JUST DELETE.