CES 2020: Google Assistant Relaunch With Greater ‘Respect For Privacy’

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Three years on from Google’s first CES appearance, the Internet search engine giant has given Google Home a new makeover, teaching it how to respect owner privacy.

After years of scrutiny surrounding audio data being leaked to third party advertisers and contractors, Google is committing to explicitly revealing when exactly the device may record sounds, such as conversations.

Google says, however, that it doesn’t retain recordings except for when owners manually select the option for enhanced speech recognition.

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People wait in line to enter the Google booth at CES International, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

But public opinion says otherwise – with an overwhelming number of Google product owners claiming they’ve been bombarded with adverts for products just moments after they’ve discussed them.

Google Home is now suggesting for owners to ask the Assistant to delete saved recordings by saying “delete everything I said to you this week (or day)”. Alternatively, you can also ask Google to reveal its privacy settings and to keep your information private.

Google has also added two new voice commands that is said to give owners the greatest level of privacy protection – one that forces Google to ignore conversations on request and another that will open privacy settings on your phone to adjust privacy settings.

Google’s new privacy voice commands are already available now.

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