Google will no longer use Assistant recordings without users’ consent

Google promises its users to never use any of its Assistant records for improving its AI without permission from users. According to Nino Tasca, Senior Product Manager, Google will protect the privacy of its users of Assistant devices and also confirmed that it won’t save the voice recordings without the agreement by users. This development was made after the leaked audio of user recordings of Google Assistant used by contractors to improve the translation service of the digital device.

Google wasn’t the only platform using Assistant recordings, Amazon and Apple also confirmed that they save conversations of users with Alexa and Siri to improve the algorithms of the device. Apple along with Amazon paused their services for a while and then revealed the ability of users to opt-out anytime they want to.

In July, Google paused the reviewing of its digital assistant recordings and according to its announcements, Google will only use recordings only if the users allow it to otherwise the platform won’t be saving any of user recordings by default.

What happens if a user allows Google to save digital Recordings

Google is updating its policies to reduce the storage of audio data on the platform. Google’s new policy will not only allow users to either opt-in or opt-out but the new policy will also delete audio recordings older than a few months associated with accounts of opted-in users and this new policy will be launched at the end of this year.

According to the announcement by Google, now users will review their settings under the ‘Voice and Audio Activity’ requirements if they opt-in. Google also modified its filters to automatically delete recordings made in error without the user saying ‘Ok Google’ or some other wake words. Google is also expected to launch a feature that will enable users to select the sensitivity of Google Assistant to wake words so that it doesn’t activate accidentally.


With these announcements from Google, now people are at least aware of their data being used and can easily opt-out of it whenever they want to or at least limit it too.

Google is one of the largest platforms with millions of users engaged with its various products and services. It’s a platform known for its vast range of services and products to bring ease in the life of its users. The scandal involving the voice recordings of users used by contractors to improve its digital device translations made Google lose its reputation in the society but the new policies introduced by Google is an attempt to again rise from the mess it created.

The new policies look promising and the apology made by Google for the privacy violation really gained so much love and people are actually looking forward to its new modified services that promise a more secure platform for users.



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