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Humans will review Google Assistant interactions but it’s opt-in

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Following the widespread criticism of the AI smart assistant providers for not disclosing the fact that humans may review interactions, lots of water has passed under the bridge. Yesterday many users received an email from Google about the pathway forward on that touchy subject. The starting point was a very smart call from Google in turning storage of these interactions off, but you can opt-in again if you wish.

If you wish to confirm this, you can visit myactviity.google.com where you’ll find no recordings unless you’ve reactivated the feature. NB. The recordings are no longer there, but transcripts of your interactions with Assistant are.

For users the simple breakdown is:

  • If you choose to opt-in, storage of voice recordings will recommence
  • If you choose to opt-in, as before, you can delete recordings at any time
  • Not turning storage back on will not affect your interactions with Assistant

Let’s be honest, in our current connected world privacy is a relative thing. If you want the convenience of an AI like Google Assistant, Alexa or Siri then there are some compromises to be made. Without directly saying so, Google has suggested that turning the feature back on helps improve the AI experience for all users. Clearly, they’re encouraging users to re-enable storage to continue an improve Google Assistant across the board.

The audio recordings setting, when enabled, will save audio from your interactions with Google Assistant, Search, and Maps, which may be reviewed to help improve how our products understand speech.

If you’ve interacted with a Google Assistant device recently, the odds are you’ve received this email. Hopefully today, we’ve provided some clearer understanding of what it means for you.

Where do you draw the line on the big tech companies harvesting and storing data about you?

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s bad enough that Google abuse us, by using us to train their AI behind obscenely frustrating and infuriating ReCaptcha.
    Now, you’re saying users should _LET_ themselves be used to train another Google AI.
    SCREW THAT!
    Why _SHOULD_ end users willingly be the scratch monkeys for the software projects of mega-corporations?

    • I actually Dont mind it , i love the Ai , and if they want to use my interactions to help refine the process , im not fussed , and lets face it they need some info on you to make AI work in the first place anyway .
      I think it is a bit of give and take , 99% of people do not mind using googles cool free software including google maps that must have cost google billions to do .
      But hey , to each his or her own , and you can always use other software .

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