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For Privacy and Safety, Disable these features from your Google Assistance


It's difficult to imagine life without Google and every day the search engine gets more involved and intricate in our lives. One of its features - the Google Assistant is used quite extensively by masses to make their life easier and tasks swifter.

Google Assistant is an Artificial Intelligence virtual assistant developed by Google that can be availed from your smartphone and smart devices. A very efficient digital assistant that can hold two-way conversations, as Google says, "Meet your Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell them to do things. It's your own personal Google, always ready to help whenever you need it." 

 "Meet your Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell them to do things. It's your own personal Google, always ready to help whenever you need it." 

But since it is connected with almost all of your smart devices and able to listen and record you always, it's imperative to be concerned over privacy and thus there are few tips that you should consider to make your Google assistant more safe and private-
  
Change Voice Recording Settings

 Only recently Google updated their voice recording privacy settings and you can now opt-in or opt-out for the voice recording to be saved and shared with their human analyzers. So, definitely check out these settings in the Your Data in the Assistant then Audio Recordings and set them as you like but the recordings saved previously should also be looked into- you can choose to delete them manually or set how long can Google keep them.

 Turn off Continued Conversation

 Under the Continued Conversation feature your Google Assistant can listen for another follow up question without you saying 'Hey, Google'. Though the feature can be useful it can allow your device to listen in when you're not interacting with the assistant and simply asking a question to someone else. 

 May want to keep the camera disable when not in use

If you're using a Google-enabled smart display it's best to keep the camera disabled when not in use. It might become tedious to switch it on and off every time you make a video call but it's better than to keep it on always. 

 Google Activity Controls 

Google Assistant gathers up information from other apps you use from the Google account for better performance. If you like you can control the amount and type of information that your Google Assistance can access for privacy concerns. You can also opt for auto-delete and intervals for which data can be kept.

Google’s Language Experts Listen to Users’ Private Recordings





The technology superpower Google recently avowed that its employees listen to customers' personal audio recordings on Google Home smart speakers.


For allegedly improving the voice recognition quality, language experts analyze "snippets" of users' recordings.


Those recordings are used to further develop the Google assistant's artificial intelligence system which is used in the Android phones and Google Home smart speakers.


According to sources the company is a statement cited their experts did transcribe a few of the anonymous recordings.


An investigation had been launched after it was found out that some Dutch audio data had been leaked.


Per sources the technology giant also said that in the process of developing technology of its AI products, transcribing a small set of queries is critical for which they collaborate with language experts around the world.


And it was one of these reviewers who allegedly leaked the Dutch audio data hence violating Google's security policies.


Actually, only 0.2% of all audio snippets are reviewed by the language experts, which especially are never associated with user accounts.



The investigation launched by the Security and Privacy Response teams is Soon to reach some result and all possible actions are being taken to deduct all chances of repetition.


Amazon also indulges in similar actions of listening to recordings of customers in relation with Alexa, its voice based assistant, mentioned a report.


Later Amazon admitted to the process and mentioned that the number of recordings was pretty small and imperative to train AI's responses.


There's a special provision for users though. They can always delete their recordings linked to their account by way of the Alexa Companion App.


Google has been listening to recordings from Home smart speakers


Google has admitted that it listens to voice recordings of users from its AI voice-assistant Google Assistant after its Dutch language recordings were leaked by Belgian public broadcaster VRT. “Most of these recordings were made consciously, but Google also listens to conversations that should never have been recorded, some of which contain sensitive information,” VRT claimed in its report.

Google’s product manager of Search David Monsees admitted, in a company blog post, that its language experts globally listen to these recordings to help Google better understand languages to develop speech technology.

“These language experts review and transcribe a small set of queries to help us better understand those languages. This is a critical part of the process of building speech technology, and is necessary to creating products like the Google Assistant,” the post read.

Google, however, insists that only around 0.2 per cent of all audio snippets are reviewed. The clippings, the company says, are anonymous or not associated with user accounts and do not reveal a user’s personal information. The post adds that no background noise is transcribed by the language experts to maintain privacy.

However, of over 1,000 recordings from Assistant, which is used on smartphones, smart home speakers like Google Home and other products, VRT reported that 153 were recorded accidentally and even revealed some personal information of users such as their address in one case and names of grandchildren of a family in another.

Notably, to activate the Google Assistant, users need to say the phrase “OK, Google” or physically trigger the Assistant button on devices, after which it starts recording. Though rare, Google admits that Assistant may falsely accept recording request sometimes when triggered by interpreting something else as “Ok Google”. According to the post, this tends to happen when there is too much background noise.

Google Assistant Is All stacked Up With Loads Of New Features




Google Assistant is all up for going forward and acquiring the latest and to do that it’s absolutely set for providing its users with exceedingly awaited fresh features and integrations.

Some of these features have been on the demand list of Google Assistant’s users. Let’s check out what the fresh integrations and features are.

Interpreter Mode
Helping users to have a conversation in different languages is what Google home devices are all up for. The ‘Interpreter Mode’ will help translate in real-time and will narrate the entire translation out loud; in case of smart displays the text will also be shown on-screen.
Command: “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter”

Google Assistant Connect
This is an economic means and a manifesto for manufacturers so that they could add Google Assistant into their products. It is easily expandable to new devices by way of existing smart home platforms.
An e-link is provided which helps to display calendar and weather. The information is delivered via a smart speaker within the house.(already existing)

This program could be accessed by the manufacturers in late 2019.

Google Maps Integration
At last, Google Maps and Google Assistant are shaking hands. Users will now soon be able to convey their Map data such as their ETA to their friends.
Similarly, replying to text messages, adding new destinations, searching for new places on the route and so much more.
Google notes will also be synchronized with Google Assistant.

Flight Check-Ins
The most awaited feature is the flight check-in; via this inclusion, Google Assistant would help the users to easily check into their flights and access boarding passes.
Also the Assistant will send notifications regarding check-ins and other related stuff.
Command: “Hey Google, check into my flight.”

Newly Announced Devices
Google has made some really interesting announcements regarding the latest devices it’s about to launch pretty soon.
Brands like JBL, Anker, Whirlpool, and Verizon are employing Google Assistant in one way or another.
Sonos will also have Assistant pretty soon, especially Sonos Beam and Sonos One. The older models will have the Assistant via an update.
Smart displays, watches, cars and audio devices are a few on the list of devices which will have in a few weeks the Assistant’s assistance.