Have you ever talked about a certain thing and then after a few minutes saw advertisements for that specific product? If so, you may be one of the many who suspect that your cell phone is eavesdropping on you. The truth is, this suspicion is only partially true: Your cell phone isn’t listening to you, however Google! But not in the way you’re thinking.
The above sentence may sound like an outlandish conspiracy theory, but there is actually a setting within Google itself called “Including voice and voice activity» (including voice and voice activity), which collects and processes various audio data obtained through the microphone of your mobile phone or computer.
Google, like other big tech companies, is known to use various data of their users in order to show targeted ads, they even sell it for free to other websites. example with my model Facebook scandalWhich sold the data of millions of users and is now sharing it with users More than 700 million euros in compensationaccording The New York Times.
Data sold by companies like Facebook and Google about User demographics (such as gender, age, etc.), the location which they are in but also search history they. However, in the case of Google, the company has the ability to access various audio data, which are recorded through our mobile phone.
This means that There is no particular person listening to our conversationsHowever, the company has access to our voice data and especially our conversations with Google’s digital assistant (Google Assistant). Are the same a company has in the past Announce Unequivocally It does not use this data for advertising purposesbut only to improve its services.
According to “Online Tech Tips”, in fact, the company is constantly listening to us, because the mobile phone microphone is constantly open, so that the voice assistant services can work.
How to prevent Google from listening to you
You can easily find out if Google is listening to you or disable the recording function, through the Google website from a computer or from a mobile phone (through the company’s application.
The steps you need to follow are as follows:
1. Sign in to your Google account.
2. On the top right, tap on Data & privacy.
3. Under History Settings, tap Web & App Activity.
4. Next to “Include sound and audio activity”, you can see if this setting is checked. If you want to disable it, you can do so by clicking on it.
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