Google said in a blog post defending the practice its language analysts only review around 0. However, it also revealed some of these recordings had been leaked by a worker in the Netherlands. This led many people across social media to question what information smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo actually collect. It also admitted the voice assistant is sometimes triggered by accident and any recordings made as a result could also be sent for analysis. This means private conversations and intimate moments could be captured by the smart speaker and then sent to people employed by Google without the user even realising. Both Amazon and Google say the recordings are anonymised before being sent to the analysts, though this is only the location data of the device, not the actual sound of the voice. Google said it was investigating the situation, though it is not yet clear what changes — if any — will be made. This does not mean they are always recording, though an always-on microphone is a tempting target for hackers. You can turn off storing audio data to your Google account completely, or choose to auto-delete data after every 3 months or 18 months. Google Home users can configure their settings on their account page , while Amazon Echo users can review their settings by visiting Alexa Privacy.
Which recordings do Google listen to?
What Amazon and Google say
Subscriber Account active since. It should come as no surprise to you that your Google Home smart speaker is listening to you. That's inherent in how it works; the speaker is listening to everything you say, waiting for the wake words, "Hey Google" or "Ok Google. What may bother some people, though, is that your audio is uploaded and, at least temporarily, stored on Google servers — which is usually used for analysis to improve voice recognition technology. The good news is that there are two ways to stop your Google Home from listening to you. You can disable the microphone entirely — this is probably best used temporarily, since the speaker can't hear or respond to you — or you can change your settings so that Google is not allowed to upload and store your audio on its servers. To temporarily stop your Google Home from listening to you at all, you can mute the speaker's microphone. The location of the microphone switch varies depending on which model of speaker you own. Every Google smart speaker has a switch or button to mute the microphone.
0.2% -- is that it?
First Amazon admitted it -- now Google says it's listening, too. Here are the specifics, and the questions we still want answered. Ever since Alexa and Google Assistant first burst onto the scene and started populating people's homes with smart speakers and other gadgets outfitted with always-listening microphones, people have wondered whether anyone other than their AI assistant of choice was listening in. Well, the answer is yes -- both Amazon and Google have admitted that they hire contractors to listen to anonymized user audio clips for the purposes of improving their respective assistant's capabilities.
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