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Google Assistant Audio Privacy Controls Updated After Outcry

September 23, 2019

Google is unveiling new privacy controls for the Google Assistant virtual assistant after the company came under fire earlier this year for eavesdropping on users’ personal audio snippets – without their permission.

The tech giant on Monday promised more transparency around the audio data that it collects, more user control over audio privacy preferences, as well as greater “security protections” around the audio collection process. Google also said it will take steps to minimize the audio data that it stores, by automatically deleting audio data that’s older than a few months.

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