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Google Privacy Checkup FAQ: How to limit tracking and still use the apps you love

PCWorld

Google may have been caught being less than clear about how, when, and where it tracks your location, but the company isn't actually doing anything about it. Aside from a clearer explanation on its privacy page about what Location History means and doesn't mean, it's business as usual with your Google account. But if Google's tracking treachery rankles you, you can do something about it--and you don't have to delete Google from your life entirely to do so (tempting as that sounds). You might not know it, but you have a surprising amount of control over your Google account, as long as you know where to find all the switches. Here's everything you need to know about Google's privacy settings: where to find them, what you can turn off, and how it all affects your phone.


Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens to That Data?

WIRED

If you got an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience. You'll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. You'll be turning off lights and requesting videos from bed. That little talking cylinder is always listening to you. And not just listening, but recording and saving many of the things you say.


Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens To That Data?

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

If you got an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience. You'll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. You'll be turning off lights and requesting videos from bed. That little talking cylinder is always listening to you. And not just listening, but recording and saving many of the things you say.


Google's new search features tap AI to make your Android phone and PC even smarter

PCWorld

Microsoft's not the only company using AI to improve the quality of its services. Google, in marking the 20th anniversary of Google search, announced its own plans to tap artificial intelligence, including enticing you to interact more with its rebranded, deeper Discover activity feed and other services. Ben Gomes, the vice president in charge of Search and the Google Assistant, outlined several changes the company is making to enhance Google's search algorithm. Interestingly, the majority of the changes seem slated to appear within Google's mobile app. Most also seem to involve getting you to interact more with Google's services, so the search algorithm can learn more about you--and make smarter guesses about what you'll engage with more, for instance.


How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

PCWorld

Has Amazon's Echo and Google's Google Home taken up residence in your home? They are supremely useful after all, providing assistance with everything from weather forecasts to smart-home control. All you need to do is ask. In order to fulfill your requests, however, both of these voice-activated digital assistants must upload your verbal commands to the cloud. Just what does that entail?