Josh Sigurdson reports on the recent uncovering of evidence that shows Google is recording your private conversations and storing them.
The tech giant is using millions of androids to collect information. It works a bit like Apple’s Siri. If you’re signed into Gmail or a Google account and you say “Okay, Google.” around your phone, it will begin recording. But Google is a little hard at hearing, so you can actually just say “okay” around your phone and it will start recording.
The recordings last 10-20 seconds and stores on Google history as well as sends the recordings to Google itself.
The recordings can pick up very private conversations that can be embarrassing to most people.
It regularly turns on the recorder as people go about their daily business. A library of your deepest, darkest secrets can be logged in some Google database!
This isn’t just on your phones though. This is happening through your laptop as well!
Now we all know Google is listening to us, it’s not particularly surprising. Vault 7 by Wikileaks showed that even further, but this is simply more evidence of the incremental infringement of privacy we deal with on a daily basis as surveillance has become a new normal in this technocratic age.
Interestingly, unlike Siri, the private recordings can actually be accessed by you! You can hear your own secretly recorded private conversations!
There are also ways to disable these settings temporarily (though they turn back on by themselves).
You can find out how to listen to the recordings and pause them in this video!
Big Brother is watching you, and recording you, compiling your darkest secrets on a massive server alongside the NSA (likely in collaboration) and in the future, who knows what it may be used for.
Stay tuned for more from WAM!
Video edited by Josh Sigurdson
Graphics by Bryan Foerster and Josh Sigurdson
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