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“If you’re not buying the product, then you are the product.”
In the modern digital age, this statement applies on every person using a service free of charge. No matter whichever service you may be using, if there is no cost attached to it, this means that the company may be using some other model to make money out of you. And Google certainly has other avenues to make money out of your private data.
Google is a “search advertising” company. You must have noticed Google ads in the free versions of apps that you’re using on your Android device. Ads also come up whenever you search for anything on Google. To make more money via these ads, Google depends on any data that you provide and uses it to create personalized ads that entice you into buying the advertised product.
If you go through Google’s terms and conditions, which apply on all of its free services, it clearly states that the tech giant will have the right to “host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute” any data that is stored in its apps. This includes the data that you add in your Google Voice History app.
Google Voice Search, or just Google Voice as it is most commonly referred to, is an amazing app that listens to your commands and fulfills them without you having to even touch your device. It works via Google Assistant and other apps. You’ll also find Google Voice features in the Google Translate app, letting you translate languages spoken verbally on the go.
However, like all of your data, Google stores and uses your Voice history too for advertising purposes. Imagine every command made by you being processed by giant machines trying to learn and imitate human behavior. Your daily habits are analyzed via these voice messages and added to your own profile created and managed by Google.
The worse thing about Google Voice History is that it may be recording our voices without us even knowing about it. The command “Ok Google” usually opens the Google Assistant app. Many a times, Google may misunderstand anything you’ve said as the “Ok Google” command, and it will then listen to your conversation for the next 10 seconds at least. These conversations can include anything, and you certainly wouldn’t want a stranger listening to it and adding the gathered data into your profile.
If you want your personal life to remain personal, then it would be better if you delete Google Voice History altogether from your device!
There are different ways to delete your Google Voice History from your account. It depends on the device you’re using to delete it. The following methods will help you delete Google Voice History from your device:
Step 1: Find the Google Activity panel for your voice search entries by clicking this link while you’re logged into your Google account.
Step 2: Click on the three dots at the right end of the search bar to open a drop-down menu.
Step 3: Click Delete Recordings and confirm your choice.
These steps aren’t enough to guarantee compete privacy of your voice searches. Even after deleting your previous recordings, Google will continue to store new ones until you tell it to stop. The following steps will guarantee complete privacy of your voice history:
Step 1: Go back to Google Activity Panel and click on three dots at the right end of search bar.
Step 2: Click on “Activity Controls"
Step 3: Hit the switch next to “Voice & Audio activity” to stop Google from collecting your recordings.
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