Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa may be recording everything you say
YOUR digital assistant can record you without your knowledge.
If you’re not careful, your Google Assistant, Siri, and Amazon Alexa could record everything you say.
However, you can adjust your settings to limit what your digital assistant is allowed to do.
To prevent your Android from listening for a “hey Google” command, you can disable this option in your phone’s settings.
Go to your settings and select googlethen click Google app settings > To research > Assistant and Voice > Google Assistant.
Then click Hi Google and Voice Matchand under the This device cap, turn it off Hey Google tilt by tilting it.
If you want to limit Google activity further (not just Google Assistant), click on the three dots at the top right of the same screen.
Then select Google Activity Checks.
If you click on the Switch off it will stop logging your website activity and the apps you have installed.
If you just want to prevent Google Assistant from storing recordings, you can deselect Include audio recordings.
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If you’re an iPhone user and want Siri to stop listening for you to say “hey Siri”, you can easily disable the assistant in your settings.
Open the Settings app, click Siri and searchthen turn it off Listen to “Hey Siri” to toggle.
To completely disable Siri, also disable the toggle switches for Press the side button for Siriand Allow Siri when locked.
If you want to keep Siri active, but limit the amount of information it collects, return to Siri and searchand select Siri and dictation history.
You can select Delete Siri and Dictation History to clear Siri history on your device.
If you still want to use Siri, Apple recently announced that the software now offers iPhone users the option to select a gender-neutral virtual assistant.
Unlike Google Assistant and Siri, Amazon Alexa isn’t built into your phone.
However, the assistant can still keep recordings if you don’t adjust its settings.
To change its settings, go to the app and click Continued > Settings > Alexa Privacy.
To remove specific voice commands, you can click Review voice historywhere the recordings will be displayed.
If you want to stop all recordings, select Manage your Alexa data.
Then click on Choose how long recordings are savedso what Do not save recordings.
This option will also delete any existing recordings.
From Manage your Alexa data menu, scroll down and turn off Use of voice recordings if you do not want your records to be manually reviewed by Amazon.
Amazon promised the Assistant will record your voice simply to “improve the accuracy of your interactions with Alexa”.
A detailed guide to limit the use of all these virtual assistants has also been published by Gizmodo.
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