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Google is recording your voice and questions

Quartz – Mike Murphy – Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive

“Google searches are like a stream of consciousness. We plug every idle curiosity, every thought, and every question into the search engine. Google has always kept careful record of these searches, which helps sell ads. But Google also keeps an audio log of the questions you ask its voice search function, OK Google, and now you can listen to those recordings online. Back in June, Google launched a new portal for all Google account-related activities. It’s where you can manage your privacy settings, see what you’ve searched for, and where Google has logged your location. The Guardian pointed out Oct. 12 that these archives include a section for voice searches, and it’s a little unnerving to listen to every silly thing you’ve asked since the service launched…”

  • Note to self and others – everything you say and do via digital devices is collected – by various organizations for reasons ranging from marketing to surveillance. We have automatically been opted-out of “privacy.” And it is always a good idea to seek the assistance of a Librarian – in person is a bonus – we listen to and respond to questions on a mind boggling range of issues, with expertise, and without an agenda. “Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.”

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