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How to prevent Google from recording your conversations

marzo 25, 2020

Google keeps track of all your interactions with its apps and services, as does voice recordings from Google Home and Google Assistant speakers. Fortunately, it is possible to take advantage of all their features, without Google storing everything in its databases!

Google Home Assistant Three variants of Google Home / Crédits: Wikimedia Commons

Google defaults to keep track of all your interactions and personal data that you generate over your use. This data collection allows Google to better personalize the user experience, and to a large extent to offer it increasingly targeted advertising.

However, in the case of Google Assistant and Google Home products, if Google spends as much money and server resources to save everything, assistants and connected speakers are constantly improving thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning. That must be fed with a huge volume of data.

Since these assistants have made a name for themselves in the home, some scandals have broken out. Particularly when Google used human operators to improve speech recognition. At the risk of sharing records containing sometimes sensitive and identifiable information without the users' knowledge.

How to Disable Recording of Conversations by Google

Fortunately, it?s easy to turn off this recording of conversations in your Activity history :

  • Click on the hamburger menu at the top left then go toActivity commands

  • In the first section, uncheckInclude voice and audio recordings

Recording of your voice conversations is now disabled. Note however that the dj recordings made remain on Google's servers. However, you can delete them individually via your activity history. If necessary, you can follow this tutorial to delete all of your voice command activity history.

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Did you manage to complete the operation by following these steps? Did you encounter any difficulty or ambiguity in these instructions? Do not hesitate to tell us in the comments so that we can update this tutorial!

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