Google is secretly recording you through your mobile, monitoring millions of accidentally triggered recordings of conversations every day and storing the audio files.
This is according to a news report in the British newspaper, The Sun.
“If you own an Android phone, it’s likely that you’ve used Google’s Assistant, which is similar to Apple’s Siri.
“Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words “OK Google”.
“But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing.
“In some cases, just saying “OK” in conversation prompted it to switch on your phone and record around 20 seconds of audio.
“It regularly switches on the microphone as you go about your day-to-day activities, none the wiser.”
What to do about it
The Sun does however also tell readers how to find out what Google knows about them and how to clear the information:
First, you’ll need to be signed into your Gmail or Google account.
Once you’ve done that, type “history.google.com/history” into your web browser.
You’ll be taken to a hub which contains your entire digital footprint, so be careful, it could make for some grim reading.
This includes Maps searches and YouTube videos you’ve watched.
Click on “Activity Controls “on the left-hand side of the page. Under “Web and App Activity”, click “Manage Activity”.
If Google’s keeping tabs on you, there should be a stream of web pages and map searches that show up in chronological order.
You can randomly delete searches, or select all the searches to make them disappear.