Privacy is undoubtedly the biggest concern of every individual in the current world. It doesn’t feel very comfortable when you come to know that someone is always keeping an eye on your every moment.
When they know where you are going, what you are ordering, what you are searching for, what you are watching e.t.c. You surely feel unsafe. Unfortunately, in this highly advanced technological world, this is what is happening.
The world’s best search engine Google is standing as one of those privacy robbers round the clock. In this article, we will be telling you about the information that Google has been storing or recording, how you can delete that recorded data, and finally, how to stop Google from listening to you any more.
Google is one of the tech giants, which is helping many lives easier and happier. It doesn’t matter what you want to know, say “Okay Google” and everything is on your mobile screen. The photos that you need, the route that you should follow to reach your destination, the apps that you want to install, the cloud space that you need, everything is on Google.
Thus your life is easy now. Till here it is okay. But there is something else that your Google is doing that you hardly notice.
You ask Google about the cost of saying puma shoes, and it displays the info. Later, you can see some adds related to puma shoes from amazon or Flipkart or any other company appearing on your chrome or directly on your phone.
Now the question is, how did they know that you require shoes? And the answer to this question is Google itself. This is just one of those million activities that Google performs.
When you want to find a route to your destination using your google maps, you get advertisements and messages from the apps like OYO and Goibibo, regarding the hotels that are available in the area that you want to go.
All these are proof to say that Google is recording your private information and is utilizing this information in one or another manner.
When U.S. Congress questioned Google regarding this, they said, “we save information to improve user’s experience and fetch them the results that they actually want.” to some extent, this is true and necessary but is unsafe when the limits are crossed. How ever, that was the small history behind the relationship between Google and your information. Now let us see how we can stop Google from hearing what you say.
Procedure to shut it down:
All the searches that you do manually or through voice control are recorded in Google’s ‘My Activity.’ in order to stop Google from saving your personal information, all you need to do is to go to ‘My Activity’ and delete the information there and deactivate the permissions that you have given to Google. In order to do this, follow these steps.
Go to Settings -> Google -> My Account -> Voice and Audio Activity
Once you reach here, you can delete all the audio clips that Google has recorded till date by following the below steps,
Press that three vertical dotted icons on the top right corner of your mobile. That is the options button.
Options -> Delete Activity by
Now, if you want to delete all the data, you can do it by selecting an all-time activity, or if you want to delete the Activity till a certain period, you can do that by selecting the date from where you want to delete or the date till where you want to delete.
If you want to hear what all your google assistant has recorded, you can do that by following the below steps.
After going to Voice and Audio Activity, go to Manage Activity. Here you can find all the audio that your Google assistant has recorded and can hear it by playing them. Here there is an option for you to delete each item by selecting them. Thus you can delete the previously recorded Activity.
By following the above steps, you can delete all the Activity that has been recorded to date. If you no longer want Google to record your information, then you can pause the recording option. You can do this by turning off the Voice and Audio Activity.
When you do this, your Google assistant will no longer work on your phone. If you want to make it work again, you need to give it the permission that you have just deactivated.
Not just your voice-controlled Activity, but you can delete all other activities that Google has been recording like your searches on chrome, Youtube, or the list of apps that you have used e.t.c. all this information is present in your “My Activity.” you can select each domain and delete them just like the Voice and Audio Activity.