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Google records and saves your voice

Google records and saves your voice
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Voice-controlled technology is all the rage now, used in everything from smartphones to computers to cars. And it's no wonder. What could be easier than skipping the keyboard and simply speaking to your gadget? Google is right in the middle of the push for more voice-controlled functionality with apps like Google Now and OK Google.

It's old news that Google's entire business model is based on giving you free services, and then selling to advertisers and marketers data about how you use those services. For instance, Google tracks and records your online searches and shopping purchases to help advertisers better target you with ads for products you might be interested in.

So it should be no surprise that Google is also tracking your voice-activated requests and searches, too. The latest revelation is that the company is now recording your voice and saving it in your account. That's right. Every time you use "OK Google" or other voice-controlled functions, odds are those snippets are saved to your Google account.

On its website, Google says these recordings help it better recognize your voice -- and more accurately accomplish tasks.

Luckily, Google introduced a new My Account tool that lets you access all of these recordings and delete them if you want. You can also tell Google to stop recording your voice for good.

Next page: Listen to your Google recordings and see how to delete them
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