Earlier this month, Google admitted that it had hired language experts, who listen and transcribe the assistant’s voice recordings, to help the company better understand certain languages. The research giant revealed that these linguistic experts examine only about 0.2 percent of all audio fragments and that these voice recordings are not associated with user accounts as part of the review process.
The assistant sends the audio to Google after the device in use detects that you are interacting with the voice assistant. To prevent the Assistant from sending audio data when it was unintentionally activated, Google will add a way to adjust the sensitivity of the voice assistant’s devices to messages like “Hey Google”.
All audio data recorded by Google Assistant through inadvertent activation will be immediately deleted. Furthermore, a new option that will be added later this year will allow Google to automatically delete most audio data for more than a few months belonging to user assistants who have opted for voice and voice (VAA) activities.
In addition, the Mountain View company has announced that it is updating its settings to show that when VAA is enabled, human auditors can listen to their audio fragments. Google Assistant users will be able to review VAA settings and confirm their preferences before the human review process begins.
Last but not least, Google Assistant audio recordings will no longer be registered by default, announced the research giant. Those who wish to archive their audio data will have to opt for the VAA settings during the setup of their Assistant.
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