Google, among other internet giants, has frequently been caught in the crosshairs when it comes to the controversial topic of privacy of user data.
Steps Taken Towards Greater Privacy
It made several attempts to ease those concerns by implementing settings through which users can turn off location and internet histories.
Android users have also been empowered to anonymise their data and prevent companies from accessing it, promised an end to third party cookie tracking, and even introduced steps such as Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC).
In order to address the same along with accusations leveled their way, Google has posted a blog which answers some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
Is Google Assistant recording everything I say?
No. The feature is designed to wait in standby mode till it’s activated when the user issues a voice command.
While in standby mode, it processes a few seconds of audio in order to detect a command such as “Hey Google” or “Ok Google”.
Users have the option to adjust the sensitivity of the virtual assistant to voice commands via the Google Home app for smart speakers and smart displays.
Other customisable settings include those which turn off cameras and mics, clear visual indicator (like flashing dots on top of your device) signaling when the assistant is activated.
How does Google decide what ads it shows me? How can I control this?
The ads shown to each user is based on their search history including sites visited and ads clicked.
With this data, the ads are personalised so as to be of more use to the person..
However, none of the content present in emails or documents, or sensitive information like health, race, religion or sexual orientation is accessed for this.
There is an Ad Settings page which allows one to disable ads personalization completely…Read more>>