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If you use Google Voice Search or Google Now 6 Google Now Features That Will Change How You Search 6 Google Now Features That Will Change How You Search You may already be using Google Now on your Android device, but are you getting all that you can out of it? Knowing about these small features can make a big difference. Read More , there’s a good chance you’re being spied on.

We already know that Google is listening to you Do Siri, Cortana & Google Now Need Too Much Personal Data? Do Siri, Cortana & Google Now Need Too Much Personal Data? Read More . They collect anonymous user data based on your web searches, Chrome browsing history, and emails, so it isn’t much of a surprise to learn that their next step is to collect anonymous data based on voice searches.

Not surprising, but still creepy. What most people don’t realize is that Google also records the data they collect. Luckily, you can do something about it.

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Head on over to Google’s own Voice & Audio Activity Page and you’ll find the list of voice searches you’ve made in the past. You can listen to them, or you can just delete them by hitting the Delete button after marking the recordings you want purged.

If you’d like to disable this “feature” altogether, just set Voice & Audio Activity to OFF.

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Do you find this feature to be unsettling or do you think it truly is just for your convenience? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Keith Deininger
    October 27, 2015 at 3:17 am

    If you don't want any of the recordings you must select to remove them using the Advanced Deletion tool, then you can choose all data. We all know that Google keeps everything, but the recordings will be ANYONE who has used those functions of your phone, tablet or PC where the functionality is enabled. The same thing happens whenever you are using a voice prompt phone system to direct you to the right person, everything that you say is recorded and Nuance uses the information to continually improve the voice recognition systems. There are so many different dialects of speech so the more data points they collect the better they can analyze the data and adjust the software to get the best performance. Who remembers using the original Dragon Naturally Speaking software? The voice recognition was terrible when it was first released and you had to constantly use the trainer to improve the software. Well it too recorded every word that you spoke, and provided feedback to Nuance so they could improve the recognition software.

  2. Will Payne
    October 21, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Next time I leave a voicemail, I'll complain about the massive invasion of my privacy.

  3. Johnna Funkhouser
    October 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Finally someone will record me singing. Look out Google...future generations need to hear this :)

  4. Nikolaj Knudsen
    October 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    That is absolutely fine. That is the way it is supposed to work.

  5. Kyli Rouge (Supuhstar)
    October 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    .... what? No, that's fine. That's how it's SUPPOSED to work. That way, Google can more accurately understand things you say more often, and can understand your voice better.

    • Sarah V Chadwell
      October 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      ... what? Says a Google employee...how much did they pay you to say that?

      • David Tiroletto
        October 20, 2015 at 5:56 pm

        ... what? That's how every single voice-based system that's ever been invented works. What did you think "training" did? Recorded your voice. You call him a Google employee because he has a rudimentary understanding of voice technology? The reason Google Now and Siri are so good is because they have millions of recordings to learn from instead of just one person. Sure, disable it if you like, but Google isn't doing anything nefarious by recording voices - it's simply how voice tech works.

        • Kyli Rouge (Supuhstar)
          October 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

          Did you know Microsoft Word saves every word you type in it?! it's true! Open up a Word document and everything you typed in it before is right there!

        • Ihatewindows522
          November 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

          Bingo. But they're not doing anything nefarious...just yet...that we know of. I don't like taking a large company's word for something, especially if there's something monetarily appealing to them if they decide to double-cross you one day.

          Personally, I'd like Google's voice recognition better if it was tailored to me and if you could train it new words, like Dragon.

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