As reported yesterday, Amazon has thousands of staff listening to you through your Echo devices.

But there is a way to stop this listening:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.
  2. Select the menu icon.
  3. Select Settings, found at the bottom of the submenu list.
  4. Select Alexa Account, found at the top.
  5. Select Alexa Privacy.
  6. Select Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa.
  7. Turn off Help Develop New Features.
  8. Turn off Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions.
  9. Exit out of Settings.

Alexa will no longer learn and improve from your responses, but your records will be safe from evesdropping.