Cortana is your digital assistant on Windows 10 which can help you handle an extended range of tasks. You can always use this feature to say Hey Cortana to get quick answers for virtually every question.
Yet beware of corporate snooping, as with all voice assistants. According to the paper, Microsoft contractors listen to Cortana voice command recordings, sometimes with little protection from personal computers and browsers.
Microsoft does, however, offer a way to delete some of this voice data from its servers, and also help users shut off access to Cortana.
How To Delete Cortana Voice Recordings?
- First open a Windows PC and sign in to the same Microsoft account you’ve been using to chat with Cortana.
- Type Settings into the search bar next to the Start button and click on Accounts in the bottom-left corner.
- Now select Manage my Microsoft account link under your username and you will be redirected to Microsoft’s website and signed in to your Microsoft account.
- Then select Privacy on the left side of the menu at the top of the page.
- You will be asked to re-enter your Windows password, and if you set it up, you may also need to check your identity with two-factor authentication.
- Click on My activity in the menu under the banner and select Voice.
- You’ll see a list of Cortana recordings connected to your Microsoft account in the center of the screen.
- Select Clear Activity at the top right of the list to remove all of your voice recordings. Click on the Clear link at the bottom of each item to delete single recordings.
Note: Doing so won’t stop Cortana from sending Microsoft your voice recordings. You’ll need to disable recognition of speech online for that.