11th Jan 2018
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Is Google recording your phone in secret?
Author: Anna Pavlou
Google is secretly recording you

Did you know that Google may have been recording you without your knowledge or permission?

If you own an iPhone or an Android, saying the simple word ‘ok’ can trigger your phone to record up to 20 seconds of your conversations, saving it in secret.

Once Google finishes recording, these files will be sent to your ‘iCloud’, where all of your files are stored and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Here’s how to find some of your secret data, that was recorded and saved without your knowledge:

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.

Under the tab Voice and Audio Activity, you’ll find a list of recordings in chronological order.

Plug in and listen to what’s been saved; from gossip with your friends to small talk at the supermarket.

However, here’s how this secret spy service can be halted in the future: 

Go back to “Activity controls” and under “Web & App activity” you should see a blue toggle. 

You can switch this off, but be warned; you have merely “paused” the recordings — so keep checking back on a regular basis to ensure that the terms and conditions don’t change in the future and you aren’t auto-enrolled when a new update is installed. 

How this affects Apple users: 

You’re not much better off if you use an Apple device either.

Apple also stores voice recordings (thanks to the voice assistant Siri) for up to 18 months. However, you won’t be able to access them. 

So, next time you think you’re all alone, you better make sure your phone isn’t spying on you. You never know what information could slip out.

Have you ever been recorded? 

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    Strummer
    18th Jan 2018
    10:04am
    They're not recording mine.
    Knows-a-lot
    18th Jan 2018
    11:16am
    I just use Google on my computer's browser. No speech recorded
    Greg
    18th Jan 2018
    11:20am
    How dare they hear my conversation about buying milk, bread and cheese!
    Kathleen
    18th Jan 2018
    11:51am
    Ha ha...
    sidney70
    18th Jan 2018
    11:23am
    What is the world coming to. I am glad I am going out and not coming in.
    Kathleen
    18th Jan 2018
    11:46am
    Waste of time with us. We are boring!
    PlanB
    18th Jan 2018
    12:16pm
    I am very aware of this as when I was driving in the car the other day with a Friend and they said something and Google answered back, with a relevant answer, would love to go back to the day gone by where BIG Brother was not so bloody BIG


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