Are Android smartphones listening to us, in secret?
“For the last few years, it’s gotten incredibly more invasive. And I think that it continues in that direction unless we stop it,” DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg said.
Every time you do a voice search, Google records it. And if you’re an Android user, every time you say “Ok Google,” the company records that, too.
What if Google listens to your random conversations at your workplace, home etc,
You won’t believe that right!
Okay, now what?
Q1) Did I say these above words to my Google Assistant?
No, I didn’t use Google Assistant or any other application to utter these words.
Q2) Who said these words, then?
I was having a random conversation with my colleagues at the workplace.
Q3) How come Google recorded to my words?
Yes, Google listened and recorded my conversations.
Q4) How come these sentences formed?
Google has this Voice to Text feature(of course, this is what Google Voice Translate app), which listens to your voice, records and transcripts this audio.
Browse to Voice and Audio history this URL. You will see all the recording.
Don’t freak out, though, because Google lets you hear (and delete) these recordings.
In above-mentioned URL, click on settings;
This is how you can turn-off Voice& Audio recordings from your smartphone.
I am not saying that Apple is not doing this kind of “Privacy dead” programmes. It's only that, Google is making these records accessible via public URL.
Thank you for reading.