Today in “OMG! Panic!” I present Andrew Griffin’s piece in The Independent. It’s not new, but it’s exactly common knowledge:
Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself. The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products. The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people.
Yes, Google Voice Search records everything you say to it. But, if my own data is any indication, it does not record “everything you have said around it”.
I just took another look at mine and it’s a long list of me asking my Android phone to call various people in my phone book and numbers that I didn’t have entered.
They’re also dead-simple to delete. Does Apple allow you to do that? I have no idea, I don’t use iPhones. 😉
The voice & audio section of Google’s My Activity portal is here. While you’re at it, check out the rest of the activity that they have recorded. If any of it bothers you, just delete it.