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Top Story: Google is recording everything you say and here's how to hear it

Top Story: Google is recording everything you say and here's how to hear it
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This is getting really bad. We just told you that Facebook is listening to everything you say and recording it.

Facebook has admitted to this, although not to a university professor's claim that they're selling what you say to advertisers. Maybe it's just a coincidence that ads related to what you're talking about pop up.

Now, we're finding out that there's another spy listening to everything you say. Worse, they've been recording you for at least a year and storing it on their servers.

If you're one of the millions of people who search on Google throughout the day, you won't believe this. Note: Keep reading to find out how to delete your recorded voice from Google's servers.

You probably didn't realize that Google keeps a record of everything you do, including using your voice to search online. "Hey, Google. Where's the nearest Walmart?"

Here's how Google explains why they're recording you: "When you have Voice & Audio Activity, you help Google recognize your voice and improve speech and audio recognition."

That's good for Google, but what about your privacy?

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Don't use Google's voice-activated searches, if you don't want Google recording your voice and storing it
  2. If you have an Android phone, turn off Google's voice-activated OK Google: Open Google app (make sure it's up-to-date) >> tap the three-line menu icon on the upper left-hand side of screen >> Settings >> Voice >> "OK Google" detection >> uncheck the box "From Google app" (Note: Uncheck From Any Screen or Always On, if you see those.)
  3. Delete every voice recording from Google: Go to Google's history page and sign in >> click on Voice & Audio Activity >> check the box of the audio recordings you want to delete >> Delete.

Bonus: You can also see every YouTube video you've watched, the cities you've visited, and a lot more.

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