Google holds the answers to many of life’s problems. When using Google, the world is only a few keystrokes and a click away. On average, the search engine processes 40,000 searches per second, 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion per year. One way of searching on Google is with the feature that allows you to use your voice to do so. Google contends that the feature is used to improve its language recognition capabilities and enhance search results. However, thanks to this feature, Google has been recording everything users say when around one of its products.
[Google voice search] comes with an easy way of listening to and deleting all of the information that it collects. That’s done through a special page that brings together the information that Google has on you.
It’s found by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page and another for activity on the web, which will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.
The new portal was introduced in June 2015 and so has been active for the last year – meaning that it is now probably full of various things you have said, which you thought might have been in private.
It is more likely that you’ve been bugged by Google if you use an Android device, but it is likely to happen with any device that utilizes Google. Don’t fret, though. There is a way to delete all of the audio recordings and turn off the feature. The Independent details:
To delete particular files, you can click the check box on the left and then move back to the top of the page and select “delete”. To get rid of everything, you can press the “More” button, select “Delete options” and then “Advanced” and click through.
The easiest way to stop Google recording everything is to turn off the virtual assistant and never to use voice search. But that solution also gets at the central problem of much privacy and data use today – doing so cuts off one of the most useful things about having an Android phone or using Google search.